In Focus: Chelsea should move for Alderweireld

According to The Guardian, Chelsea are closely monitoring Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation at Tottenham Hotspur, with the Blues eyeing a summer move.

What’s the story?

Tottenham are believed to be no closer to convincing Alderweireld to sign a new contract with the club.

The centre-back’s current deal will run until the end of next season, and unsurprisingly, Spurs are desperate for the 28-year-old to pen a fresh contract.

Alderweireld, who is valued at £31.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is not happy with the offer on the table, however, as the Belgium international wants parity with the likes of Harry Kane when it comes to the high earners at the club.

The defender is also aware that he could potentially double his salary with a move away from Tottenham, and according to The Guardian, Chelsea are closely monitoring developments as the Blues eye a move at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Manchester City, however, are also reportedly in the hunt for a player that has developed into one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League over the last couple of years.

Why Chelsea should go all out for Alderweireld

Alderweireld had a frustrating time at Atletico Madrid following a move from Ajax in 2013, but the defender has gone from strength to strength since a brilliant year on loan at Southampton during the 2014-15 season.

It was Tottenham that signed Alderweireld in the summer of 2015, and he has made more than 100 appearances for the capital outfit in all competitions.

Strong, fast and agile, Alderweireld was arguably the outstanding centre-back in the Premier League last season. Not many can match the Belgian when it comes to combining defensive qualities with ability in possession of the ball.

Chelsea have struggled badly at the back this season, with Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger all struggling to make their mark.

The thought of Alderweireld playing alongside the impressive Andreas Christensen and popular Cesar Azpilicueta in a back three is an exciting thought for the club’s supporters.

It might well be that Tottenham are forced to sell Alderweireld at the end of this season, and Chelsea must go all out to bring the centre-back to Stamford Bridge.