The 27-year-old has just returned from injury and is set for his first Premier League start of the season. Rose formed an integral part of the Tottenham defence which so parsimonious in 2016-17 before a knee injury in January 2017 curtailed his campaign.
This summer saw his defensive partner Kyle Walker move to Manchester City in a £52m deal which is likely to set the bar for the fee they will demand should Jose Mourinho persuade the Manchester United board to enter into negotiations.
Tottenham are in an invidious position. The new stadium – as yet unchristened – is set to open next summer and needs a strong team to ensure that seats aren’t left unsold.
Rose has seen his place in side claimed by Ben Davies with the Welsh international performing well. The changing of the guard may be under way at Spurs and that suits United perfectly.
It’s not a clear-cut move however. Chelsea are determined to strengthen their back line and are prepared to pounce if the Old Trafford bid fails. Antonio Conte has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to bring in Italian defenders with Juventus, Napoli and Roma all rejecting their offers for key players.