Chelsea want to beat Man United, Barcelona to Belgian Superstar

Premier league holders Chelsea are looking to fend off interest from the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona in order to pursue the signature of Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld at the end of the season.

The Belgium international has fallen out-of-favour under Mauricio Pochettino with just two starts since his injury comeback, and he is presently in a contract standoff with the north London giants.

According to The Mirror, the Blues are aiming to pounce on the Belgian’s situation, and they are planning to beat Manchester United and Barcelona in order to lure him into a cross-city switch.

Spurs are currently in a precarious position with Alderweireld’s contract which expires in the summer of 2019, and The Mirror suggests that a fee of around £40m could be sufficient to prise the versatile defender from north London.

Alderweireld’s contract has a 12-month extension clause which is expected to be activated, but Spurs are hoping to offload him at the earliest, given he could be available for just £25m via a release clause during the final 14 days of the summer transfer window.

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