However, they may now have to accept paying an inflated price to get the defender Mourinho craves before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night.
According to the Daily Star the Frenchman and his agent will have "crunch talks" today about the Old Trafford future of the World Cup-winning midfielder.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of Alderweireld's and the clubs CEO Ed Woodward has been trying to broker a deal for the defender since May.
United boss Jose Mourinho wanted to more faces in by Thursday and one of those is a centre-half, and Alderweireld has always been his top choice - but the two clubs have failed to agree terms despite being in talks for months.
"Paul Pogba is obviously a great player, but we respect those who are at other clubs", Valverde said. The Belgian, formerly of Atletico Madrid, could join United within 48 hours.
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The Old Trafford board weren't having that and consequently the deal fell through on Friday with the two parties unwilling to budge from their positions.
Everton have already signed one Barcelona defender this summer, and the clubs are understood to have a fantastic relationship after the deal which brought Lucas Digne to Merseyside.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is demanding £60million for the centre-back, who is desperately wanted by United.
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Alderweireld, 29, has plied his professional trade in England since 2014 following a transfer from Atletico Madrid.