Chelsea open talks to seal transfer of vital player from Premier League title rivals

This would be a great signing for Chelsea.

Chelsea have reportedly begun negotiations over a potential transfer swoop for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld as he looks no closer to signing a new contract with Spurs.

The Belgium international has been one of the top defenders in the Premier League since he first impressed in a spell on loan at Southampton in 2014/15.

Alderweireld has since shone for Tottenham, helping them become one of the meanest back lines in the country and turning them into genuine title contenders for the last two seasons.

Still, the Sun report that he’s still not looking like penning a new deal with the north London outfit, while Fichajes claim Chelsea are already working on a deal to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues could do with more quality at the back, with Antonio Conte notably linked with some defensive purchases during the summer transfer window.

In the end, Antonio Rudiger was brought in while Andreas Christensen has been promoted to the first-team since returning from a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, though Alderweireld would arguably be an upgrade.

Back in June, the Guardian claimed Conte was looking for Chelsea to sign big names such as Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil van Dijk, though neither deal materialised.

While Rudiger has settled well since joining from Roma, it would be little surprise to see the Premier League champions try to bring in a player of Alderweireld’s calibre as they look to recover from their disappointing start to the season.

This would be a major blow for Tottenham, who also face reported interest from Manchester United in Harry Kane, according to the Sun, while Catalan publication Sport today claimed Barcelona are looking at Christian Eriksen.

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