Tottenham Hotspur are braced for a summer bid from rivals Chelsea for centre-back Toby Alderweireld, according to The Sun on Sunday.
The Blues are reportedly hoping to buck the trend of avoiding business with Spurs by lining up a move for the £45m-rated Belgium international.
Alderweireld is currently down the pecking order at Spurs, who face selling him this summer or risk losing him for a cut-price fee of £25m in 2019, when a buy-out clause comes into effect.
He has failed to agree an extension to his contract, which expires next year. Tottenham have an option to extend it until June 2020, but the release clause means that is unlikely to matter.
Chelsea are reportedly keen to build their defence around the former Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Southampton man as they seek to overhaul their squad this summer. The Blues have mounted an underwhelming defence of their Premier League title this season.
Manchester United are also said to be interested in Alderweireld, while champions Manchester City were tracking the 29-year-old before they sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January.
Fabregas’ strike helps Chelsea edge past Swansea
Chelsea kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League after beating Swansea 1-0 on Saturday. Cesc Fabregas’ decisive goal helped Chelsea seal their fourth successive win in all competitions.
With this win, they trail fourth-placed Tottenham by two points. The top four finishers in the Premier League automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Fabregas scored the winner in the fourth minute with a left-footed shot to the top left corner.
On the other hand, the loss means Swansea remain in relegation danger. They are now only a point above Southampton which is placed third from the bottom.
Crystal Palace thrash Leicester
Crystal Palace thrashed Leicester 5-0 to steer clear of the relegation zone. Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Benteke were the goal scorers for Palace.
In other results, Everton beat Huddersfield 2-0 while Burnley were held to a goalless draw by Brighton. West Bromwich Albion registered a 1-0 win against Newcastle, while Southampton beat Bournemouth 2-1.
Champions League semifinalists Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Stoke.
Juventus stage stunning comeback
Juventus scored two goals in the last three minutes to beat Inter Milan 3-2 to ropen a four-point lead ahead of Napoli in the Serie A standings.
Inter led 2-1 until the 87th minute before Milan Skriniar scored an own goal and Gonzalo Higuain headed in the winner two minutes later