Real Madrid join Chelsea in race to sign Toby Alderweireld

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A Tottenham spokesman was unavailable for comment when contacted by AFP in London.

Operating with a back three, Chelsea ideally would want five if not six centre-backs in their squad to give them ideal cover across all four fronts and the Blues are in the market for another when the summer transfer window opens.

Interest from other clubs is also born from the ongoing contract stand-off between the club and Alderweireld, with the defender said to be demanding a huge new wage of around £150,000-a-week, a sum which would smash the current wage structure at the north London club.

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Given that is more than affordable for the likes of Real, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, Spurs need to get him tied to new terms soon or cash in on him this summer, when they will still be able to demand an adequately hefty fee.

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The newspaper says the duo have been alerted to Alderweireld's complex contract situation as although his current deal is set to expire in 2019, Spurs have the option of an automatic one-year extension.

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