Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to get his wish.
After asking for Toby Alderweireld last summer, and being told no, the board are finally willing to agree on a deal.
Mourinho had been linked with several defenders, including Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly is valued at around £90 million – a huge amount of money.
However, given the club can get Alderweireld for half the price, with his contract running down at Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho has to compromise.
Mourinho may have a point about the lack of quality signings.
Had he known Manchester United were not going to sign a defender in the summer, he may have opted not to sign Fred for £52 million.
Mourinho has made it clear Fred will play once the defence is tighter – something it is not at the minute.
Considering City were already miles ahead of them, and Liverpool went out and got world class players in, United should have seen this coming.
Mourinho clearly did, and warned the fans it would be a hard season.
Forward Romelu Lukaku has also struggled this season, but Mourinho has now backed him to come good.
The Red Devils may be sticking with their manager for now, but missing out on the top four puts that in a very different light.
Last week, United broke their 5-match Premier League losing streak when they thrashed Fulham 4-1. Their next match will be a Champions League draw against Valencia on the 13th. Later, on Sunday, they will be up against Liverpool in a PL match up. That will be followed up by a match against Cardiff City.
Mourinho and Ed Woodward have seemingly ‘reached an agreement’ over Manchester United’s January transfer plans.
Mourinho, his agent Jorge Mendes, and executive vice chairman Woodward had discussions last week where an agreement was reached on the January window, the report claims.