As part of that deal, Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic has also joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.
Yet a downbeat Mourinho has admitted he may not get the defender he listed as his top priority when he submitted his transfer wish-list last May, as he admitted he was growing exhausted of the endless speculation ahead of transfer deadline day.
I'm sure United would've known of him, certainly Mourinho I imagine would have known of him as well.
The disagreement between the team result in the increased interest in the Leicester City defender Harry Maguire but a fee of 75 million euros similar to that of Alderweireld put United off the deal.
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As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over Â£170 million ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.
But the club's board are understood to have never been open to selling their club-record signing, who still has three years left on the deal signed when returning from Juventus in 2016 for a then world-record sum.
Tottenham Hotspur must not be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League and have to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League and for other trophies, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.
The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation. The tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button.
But United are even more shorthanded by the quick turnaround between the World Cup and the start of the new season.
A club-record fee of 20 million pounds was also splashed on powerful Spanish winger Adama Traore and versatile Belgian worldwide Leander Dendoncker was snapped up from Anderlecht.