According to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur contract rebel Toby Alderweireld this summer.
Well, The Mirror says that Spurs and the Belgium international have been unable to come to an agreement over a new deal with the north London outfit unwilling to match his £150,000-a-week demands, and Belgian media outlet HLN says they could cash in on him this summer if they receive an offer of €50m (£44m).
The Mirror says that the Blues are keen to sign the 29-year-old whether Antonio Conte stays as their manager or not, with the futures of centre-backs Gary Cahill, who continues to be unpopular among the Stamford Bridge faithful, and David Luiz firmly up in the air.
The report adds that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t been playing Alderweireld in recent weeks despite him being fit and available.
The Belgian has established himself as one of the best in his position both in the Premier League and in terms of European football too since he joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015, and he was showing brilliant form once again at the start of the current campaign.
However, the 29-year-old suffered a hamstring injury against Real Madrid in November that kept him on the sidelines until February, before the club claimed he has suffered a setback following two appearances against Newport County and Rochdale in the FA Cup last month.
He certainly would be, and a great long-term replacement for Cahill.
Not only is Alderweireld a great defender and pretty quick for a centre-back, but he is also great at bringing the ball out of defence and generally good in possession, too.
With Cahill and Luiz both looking to be nearing the end of their time at Stamford Bridge, there is no doubt that the Belgian would bring some experience and quality to the Blues’ backline, although he may not be so keen on joining them should they miss out on qualification for the Champions League.
In addition to that, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to want to do business with them, and that could make a deal almost impossible to complete.