Arsenal and Chelsea are considering moving for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer, reports say.
Alderweireld can leave Spurs this summer in a cut-price £25million deal, but the switch must be completed before the final two weeks of the transfer window.
If Alderweireld’s suitors want to complete a last-minute deal for his services, the £25m figure would no longer apply.
Manchester United are targeting a move for Alderweireld, but the Sun claim Arsenal and Chelsea have now entered the race.
Alderweireld is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League, but is yet to commit his future to Spurs.
Tottenham agreed to the special release clause in his contract, which will allow Alderweireld to move to a new club virtually hassle-free this summer.
Manchester City too are monitoring Alderweireld’s situation and could be tempted to bid for the centre-back.
Unai Emery is aiming to complete several bargain deals this summer as he remains in the dark about his transfer budget.
Arsenal may have just £40m to spend if Emery fails to deliver Champions League football this season.
There are yet to be any official approaches for Alderweireld, but Spurs expect a host of clubs to come forward to sign the Belgian at the end of the season.
While Tottenham are prepared for Alderweireld’s exit this summer, they are yet to give up on convincing the 30-year-old to sign a new contract.
Chelsea’s interest in Alderweireld may be short-lived as the Blues wait to learn their fate in regards to their transfer ban.
The Blues could be blocked from signing any players for the next two windows if their appeal against the ban is unsuccessful.