Tottenham were the only Premier League club not to make a single signing this season as they look to move into their new stadium.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy was keen on saving his money rather than spending, though there were late bids for Jack Grealish of Aston Villa rejected last summer.
One of the main priorities was keeping the players they already have onboard – and that is exactly what they have done.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son all penned new long-term deals but one man they have failed to tie down is Alderweireld.
The centre-back’s contract was extended by a year but that triggered a clause in the deal that is of United’s interest.
There is a period in the summer now that means the Belgian will be available for a cut-price £26m fee.
And the Daily Mail are reporting that the Red Devils will enact that clause – but Spurs are ready to do some business of their own.
Levy is prepared to sanction deals for five players to keep Mauricio Pochettino happy at the club.
The Daily Mail report that those five stars are Grealish, Hull wonderkid Jarrod Bowen, Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham and a centre-back.
Meanwhile, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has said that Pochettino has not had his purse strings tightened.
“I wouldn’t agree with ‘limited resources’,” Sherwood told talkSPORT at Cheltenham.
“It’s obviously not the same as Man City’s resources, but who has that?
“He’s signed 20 (sic) players since he’s been at the club, so they’ve given him an opportunity to build a squad and he’s happy with the squad he’s got.
“If you ask me, ‘Would he want to leave?’ I’d say no. I think he’s happy with the squad he’s got.
“We’re comparing him with Liverpool and Man City which is wrong.”