Is Another Belgian On His Way To The Bridge?
The Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid loaned out their young full-back Toby Alderweireld to Southampton last season, for him to get more game time and exposure. And he delivered it right for The Saints, whenever needed.
He has been a revelation at the St. Mary’s Stadium and as he said in an earlier interview “has become accustomed to and thinks that he fits the Premier League more than any other league.” He also mentioned that he would like to come to the Premier League permanently next season.
He is currently back at his parent club and is pondering his future. But various sources claim that even though Southampton have a clause to buy him for $10 million, Athletico Madrid are set to release him from that clause and sell him to the highest bidder, which according to reports is Chelsea.
The Blues are in the market looking up for a back up for Ivanovic, as Azpilicueta could be pursued by La-Liga clubs and even if not that’s not the case, Chelsea have no reserve Right-back other than first choice left-back Cesar Azpilicueta. But reports also suggest that, other EPL clubs including Manchester City and Tottenham could also be interested in securing the services of the full back.
Toby Alderweireld is currently with Atletico Madrid and has expressed his concern to be settled soon and not carry his transfer saga into the summer as he wants to have pre-season with his future club. The Belgian international is also good buddies with fellow compatriots Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, who could play an important role in bringing him to the club.
Who would say no to such a talented player who has proved his worth with his pace, flair and work rate. This is certainly a serviceable offer that Chelsea shall look into.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire