Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur for Toby Alderweireld this summer, after the Atletico Madrid defender proved he has what it takes to play in the Premier League following an impressive season-long loan spell at Southampton.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is eager to strengthen his defensive ranks at Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens and has identified the versatile Belgium international as a viable option.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Portuguese coach is considering cashing in on Alderweireld's former team-mate Filipe Luis after just 12 months in west London, following the Brazilian's failure to hold down a regular place in the starting XI.
The £78,000-a-week star has been unable to dislodge Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back for the majority of this campaign and has often cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines.
Diego Simeone would welcome the South American full-back back at the Vicente Calderon in a heartbeat, and so perhaps he will be incorporated into any prospective deal to lure Alderweireld to the newly crowned Premier League champions.
Southampton do retain an option to sign the 26-year-old permanently for as little as £7 million and Ronald Koeman has made no secret of his intention to keep the player at St Mary's.
However, Atletico can buy-out that clause previously negotiated with the south coast club and then given the widespread interest in his signature go on to sell the Belgian to the highest bidder.
Alderweireld has already stated he is very happy playing for Saints, whose hand has been strengthened following their successful qualification for the Europa League next term after Arsenal beat Aston Villa emphatically in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.
However, with Champions League clubs sniffing around the Belgian, don't be surprised to see him playing somewhere else in England's top-flight in 2015/16.
Chelsea fans: Do you think Toby Alderweireld would be a good signing for Jose Mourinho this summer? Or does Filipe Luis deserve another chance to show what he can do at Stamford Bridge? Have your say below...
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