Champions target summer move for Belgian international.
Manchester City are said to be lining up a summer swoop for Southampton’s on loan centre-back Toby Alderweireld after identifying him as a major transfer target, according to the Daily Mail.
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The Belgian international is currently spending the season on loan at St Mary’s from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, and has been impressive under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman so far.
The Saints have an option to turn the loan deal into a £6.8m permanent switch, though the Spaniards may decide to pay up a £1.5m fee in order to cancel that clause and then sell to the highest bidder.
City are currently in the market for new defensive reinforcements as Manuel Pellegrini continues to search for a suitable partner for captain Vincent Kompany – and the manager now feels that his international colleague could be the man to step into the breach.
Alderweireld’s wages could prove problematic for the Saints, thus allowing City the opportunity to steal in.