Saturday, 5 May 2018

Signing this Belgian star could help Chelsea mount a serious title challenge


According to the Sun, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld is wanted by London rivals Chelsea at the end of the season.

Alderweireld is expected to leave Tottenham once the transfer window opens after failing to agree to a new contract with the north London club.

The Belgian has a year left on his current contract and Spurs, therefore, are willing to cash in on him this summer and as per the Sun, Chelsea will have to ready a £45million bid.

Antonio Conte secured the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge, having arrived in England in 2016.

His title-winning team was built on a strong defense and a formidable attacking force. Apart from Cesar Azpilicueta, the likes of Gary Cahill and David Luiz are no longer regular starters at the club.

The collective chemistry in defense, which was the formula to last season’s title triumph has been disrupted, leading to Chelsea’s failed title defense this term.

It is not that Chelsea’s defending has been woeful this season but when things go wrong at the back, they go terribly wrong.

That is one of the major reasons why Chelsea should try their level best to sign Alderweireld in the summer.

Alderweireld is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and without a doubt, he would walk straight into any team’s defense.

He has been one of Spurs’ star performers in recent seasons.

West Ham and Crystal Palace given fresh hope as transfer target ‘will not go to Chelsea’

Leander Dendoncker was a name strongly linked with a Premier League move in January.

The likes of Watford and Crystal Palace reportedly held an interest in the Belgi

um midfielder, while a proposed move to West Ham fell through.

But his is a name that is back in the frame for a summer switch to England’s top flight.

And the trio of clubs rumoured last time out are thought to be high on the list of interested parties this summer too.

Chelsea was also a mooted destination, but Belgian football analyst Aad De Mos has poured cold water on that.

He is reported by Sports Witness as saying: “It is important to keep that pressure away. At one point, a transfer seemed more important than his game, which he suffered from. In the past few weeks, he is better.

“It will not be at the top. He won’t go to Chelsea, rather to a club like Crystal Palace or Everton.”

Given their position in the Premier League table, one would guess that a club like West Ham could also be a potential destination once again.

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