Tottenham must hijack Chelsea’s bid to sign Bonucci if they sell Alderweireld

According to reports in Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are targeting a summer move for AC Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, and their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur should be looking to hijack any move – especially if they sell Toby Alderweireld before August 9.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Corriere dello Sport report that the Blues, along with Paris Saint-Germain, are keen to sign the experienced 31-year-old, who is keen to leave the Rossoneri just a year after moving to the San Siro in a £35.1m deal from Juventus.

Corriere dello Sport say that PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wants to reunite Bonucci with recent signing Gianluigi Buffon again, while new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants a trusted centre-back he knows well from his time managing in Italy.

Should Bonucci arrive at Stamford Bridge, he would be competing with the likes of Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma for a spot in the starting XI as things stand.

Advertisement

Why should Tottenham hijack their move?

Well, firstly it seems as though there could be big interest in their Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld when their World Cup campaign ends following their third-place play-off match against England on Saturday, with Manchester United reported to be keen on the 29-year-old.

Should Spurs, who should also hijack another one of their London rivals’ bids to sign the most underrated centre-halves in the Premier League, get the money they want for him they will surely be looking for a new centre-back, and while Bonucci perhaps doesn’t fit their usual profile of signing given his age, he could be perfect for them right now.

He is an experienced defender who would guarantee performances right now, and perhaps that is what they need in their quest to try and win trophies now while they have players like Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen performing near the top of their abilities.

While he could cost big money, his presence at the heart of the defence could prove to be priceless, and it would be worth taking the risk on the 80-cap international.