Chelsea will look to bid for former player Ryan Bertrand if they cannot persuade Tottenham to sell Danny Rose, according to the Sun.
Manager Antonio Conte is looking for alternatives to Alex Sandro with Juventus refusing to sell the Brazilian this summer. Rose is reportedly the club’s main option with an opening bid of £40m being prepared.
Spurs could yet prove just as obstinate as Juve however, after having already sold Kyle Walker to another main rival in Manchester City. If the Rose deal looks too complicated, the Blues will then look to Southampton’s Bertrand.
Chelsea only sold the 28 year old to the Saints for approximately £10m back in 2015, but he will likely cost a lot more to re-sign.
One of the major pluses in favour of Bertrand is his fitness record compared to Rose. The Tottenham defender has been out of action since January due to a troublesome knee injury, and although he will return to full fitness soon, the lack of pre-season and the fact he has been out for so long, could hamper his settling in to a new club.