Chelsea are confident that they can beat rivals to the signing of Atletico Madrid full-back Toby Alderweireld by offering Filipe Luis in a swap-deal that would see the Brazilian make a career u-turn, according to The Sun.
The Blues only completed their purchase of Luis last summer after he had helped Atletico to the La Liga title, but unlike teammates Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa he hasn’t had a starring role in Chelsea’s campaign this year.
Luis for Alderweireld?
As a result it’s been strongly suggested that he could move elsewhere in a bid to find game-time, with Atletico cited as the most obvious next step given how highly he’s still regarded in Madrid.
On top of that is Chelsea’s interest in Alderweireld, who of course impressed during his maiden season in the Premier League through his performances whilst on loan at Southampton.
There can be no doubt that Ronald Koeman would be keen on signing the Belgium international if he has the chance, but Diego Simeone will probably prefer a deal wherein he gets Luis in return.
Luis at Chelsea
The Argentine manager has tried to replace the Brazil international this year but to little avail, and Luis is a popular figure amongst the Vicente Calderon faithful.
Indeed it will be a shame if he leaves Stamford Bridge without having managed to crack Mourinho’s code. A well-rounded full-back, many were assuming that he would be given pride of place on the left flank of The Special One’s defence, but last year Cesar Azpilicueta’s presence was enough of an obstacle to see him regularly consigned to the bench.
So it is that Luis’ one-dimensional approach could ultimately be his downfall, as Alderweireld would not only provide support for Azpilicueta, but also be able to cover the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma in the heart of the defence.
Versatility the key
The 26-year-old is a versatile option who would make for an excellent number two when Mourinho’s preferred options aren’t available, whilst also being competent enough to fight for a starting berth.
The same report details how Chelsea are interested in making Everton starlet John Stone’s the eventual replacement to Terry, and so it could transpire that Alderweireld holds the spot until the young England man is of age.
Chelsea fans, do you think Alderweireld is good enough to play for the Blues? If so is he worth Luis in a swap deal? Let us know in the comments box below.
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