Chelsea entered running for world-class No.4

Chelsea are considering moving for Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld as the defender can leave the club in the summer in a cut-price £25 million deal, but the switch must be done before the final two weeks of the transfer window.

If Toby Alderweireld’s possible suitors want to complete a last-minute deal for his signature, the £25 million figure would no longer apply.

Manchester United are understood to be long-term admirers of Toby Alderweireld, but the Sun claims Chelsea have now entered the running.

The Belgium international is considered one of the best full-backs in the Premier League but is yet to commit his future to London side, who agreed to the special release clause in his deal, which will allow the 30-year-old to move to a new club virtually hassle-free in the summer.

Manchester City are also keeping tabs on Toby Alderweireld’s situation and could be tempted to make a bid for the centre-back.

Chelsea are unable to complete any transfers in the summer until the transfer ban is not lifted, but it seems that the club’s attempts will not have influence FIFA’s decision.

There are yet to be any official approaches for the Belgian star, but Spurs expect a host of sides to come forward to sign the defender at the end of the season.

While Tottenham are ready for their key centre-back’s exit this summer, they are yet to give up on convincing the 30-year-old to sign a new deal.