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.
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.