Chelsea could sign Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid this summer, according to The Mirror.
Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at St Mary’s has now returned to Atletico, with Southampton having the option to sign him for around £7 million.
Chelsea look set to challenge Southampton for his signature and are likely to make a move for the Belgian centre-back who wants to remain in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho looks set to allow Filipe Luis to leave after just one season at Stamford Bridge and plans to replace him with Alderweireld. In the long term, he may also be a fitting replacement for John Terry at the heart of Chelsea’s defence. The 26-year-old formed part of the second best defence in the Premier League last season conceding just 33 goals, one more than Chelsea.
The Belgian has given no hints about which club he would favour, telling The Mirror: “I really want to go to a club that really wants me”.
“There are three options - stay with Atletico, stay with Southampton or go to another club. So we will see what happens. Southampton gave me that opportunity and it paid off, I think. I’ve had a fantastic year, I can’t lie about that, so, yes, I’d like to stay in the Premier League.”
Actions may speak louder than words though and reports of Ronald Koeman’s £5 million move for Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji, may suggest that Alderweireld, who has been capped 43 times for Belgium, has played his last game for the Saints.