Chelsea in negotiations over swap deal to sign Atletico Madrid star

Chelsea are looking to sign Atletico Madrid ace Toby Alderweireld in a swap deal with Filipe Luis, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Alderweireld spent last season on loan at Southampton after finding it difficult to play on a regular basis at the Vicente Calderon, and had an impressive campaign attracting the likes of the Blues as well as Tottenham Hotspur.

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Luis, on the other hand, was signed by Chelsea from Atletico last summer, but the Brazilian has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, with reports suggesting he is already keen on a return to Spain.

This has therefore opened the door for a potential swap deal, with the Premier League champions in talks over signing Alderweireld and having Luis go in the other direction.

The news will come as a blow to Southampton, who were hoping to extend the Belgium international’s stay at St. Mary’s.

The 26-year-old played 28 games in all competitions last season, scoring one goal.