Gossip: Chelsea eye Alderweireld; Utd to lose two keepers

Date published: Saturday 31st March 2018 8:21

Chelsea are determined to beat off all competition to sign Toby Alderweireld this summer.

That is The Mirror‘s claim, with doubts over the defender’s future at Spurs strengthening by the week.

Alderweireld has found himself in and out of Mauricio Pochettino’s team while speculation has intensified that he could be on the move this summer. The centre-half has a contract that includes a one-year extension to 2020, but it also contains a clause that could see him leave in 2019 for £25million – way below his market value.

So, Spurs could look to cash in this summer, with the latest report suggesting they are looking for £55million but may have to settle for £40million.

In which case, Chelsea are said to be extremely keen, though Man Utd and Barcelona are also sniffing.

Pochettino has already told Alderweireld that he won’t play the centre-back just to enhance his World Cup prospects.


Manchester United face losing two goalkeepers this summer, though neither exit will directly affect Jose Mourinho and his first team.

Firstly, Sam Johnstone is a £4million target for West Ham after impressing during his loan move to Aston Villa. The Mirror claims David Moyes wants to sign the 25-year-old on a permanent deal following seven loan moves in six years for the former England Under-21 stopper.

That would also see Joe Hart packed off back to Manchester City. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess.

Another United keeper who could be on the move is Dean Henderson. The current England Under-21 international has been on loan at Shrewsbury this term where he has caught the attention of Arsenal and Villa. The fact he is out of contract this summer makes him all the more appealing.

United are planning to make one final offer in a bid to retain Henderson on their books but, apparently, he’s made up his mind and he will leave the club he joined as a 14-year-old.

With the route to the first team seemingly blocked by David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira, you wouldn’t blame either for looking elsewhere.


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