Chelsea line-up £7m bid for versatile Belgian

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Stamford Bridge side plot yet another Atletico Madrid raid.

Chelsea will look to beat Southampton to the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld according to the Metro.


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The 26 year old Belgian spent last term on loan at Southampton and Jose Mourinho has seen enough to want to challenge the south-coast side for his permanent capture.

The adaptable Vicente Calderon star can play at right-back and in a central defensive role and will be available for just £7m and may be seen by Mourinho as an ideal option to add strength in depth to his defence.

Alderweireld started 26 Premier League fixtures last season and played a key role in the Ronald Koeman’s side as they secured a Europa League spot, albeit due to Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph.

One imagines the allure of a move to Stamford Bridge would tempt Toby Alderweireld though clearly his chances of regular first team football would be better served by a Southampton switch.