Manchester United switched their attention towards England global Harry Maguire instead, but were priced out of a move by Leicester City, who were demanding in excess of £65 million for the 25-year old.
Manchester United's pursuit of a new central defender could be coming to an end, as they are close to signing Tottenham Hotspur superstar Toby Alderweireld in a stunning £60 million deal, as per reports from Mirror. Clubs around Europe know that the Red Devils have money to spend and are pricing a premium on their players to make the move to Old Trafford.
Toby Alderweireld has been United's top target for this transfer window.
This summer the club have also since signed Clement Lenglet from Sevilla, a move that would make first-team opportunities for Mina even more hard.
Alderweireld has always been manager Jose Mourinho's top target to strengthen the centre of defence, but Daniel Levy's reputation as a tough negotiator, especially with United, has once again proven to be the case.
Alderweireld had an excellent World Cup campaign for Belgium and helped his side reach the semis. That meant less game time for the 29-year-old.
Dembele was one of the most consistent midfielders in the Premier League last season, with no player able to replicate his impressive defensive skills and driving attacking runs. The Belgian International seems to have fallen out with Tottenham and talks over a new contract have been stalled for the past couple of months.