Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is pessimistic about the Red Devils’ chances of signing Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld in the remainder of the transfer window.
United held talks with Spurs towards the end of last season but baulked at Tottenham’s £75million valuation of the Belgium defender.
Alderweireld fell out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino last season and was overtaken by Davinson Sanchez in the starting XI after an injury-ravaged campaign.
The 29-year-old wants to resolve his future in the next fortnight but United know they can sign the Belgian for around £25m in 12 months time thanks to a clause in his contract with Spurs.
And it looks as though Mourinho has given up the chase for now by confirming his defence for the start of the Premier League campaign.
‘Valencia, Smalling, Bailly and Shaw, they are probably the ones to start the season,’ Mourinho said on Friday.
Mourinho was speaking after United’s 1-1 draw with Club America in their opening pre-season tour friendly.
Juan Mata equalised for the Red Devils with 13 minutes to play in Arizona.
United kick-off their Premier League campaign against Leicester City and, for the first time in Premier League history, the transfer window will close before the first match.