Chelsea might find it hard to sign Alderweireld from their rivals, so Manchester United and Barcelona will regard their interest as a positive as they will be seen as a much more preferable alternative.
Although Chelsea have a number of centre-back options at the club already-including the excellent Cesar Azpilicueta and the promising pair of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger-getting Alderweireld on board would represent a coup for the Blues. This will be Marriner's fourth Chelsea match this season, which include a loss to Palace and wins over Hull (FA Cup) and Huddersfield.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochetteno's Tottenham have played 25 games at Stamford Bridge without winning in the Premier League.
According to The Mirror, despite suggestions that Spurs would be reluctant to sell to their rivals, Chelsea believe Alderweireld's expiring contract gives them a chance. By contrast, Spurs are unbeaten in their last 12 league games stretching back to December. This game means a great deal to both sides. He is now on 12 goals and he will be looking to get on the score-sheet again this weekend in a game that could strengthen the team's position in the top-four.
Chelsea are now fifth in the Premier League table - five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with just eight games of the 2017-18 campaign left to play.
"I think it is not a point to be focused on for us".
Feel free to post your own Chelsea and/or Tottenham starting XI predictions, as well as your best guess as to what the final score will be. I hesitate to bring up this statistic, because the last time anyone mentioned Messi's scoreless streak against us, he scored three times in the next two matches.
The hosts have only two injury concerns in David Luiz and Ross Barkley. Go time? He'd never miss this one if he could help it. However, that would be ignoring the warning signs of what is a genuine concern of the player's club and global manager about his attitude and conduct.
The former England midfielder and high-profile pundit told the Sky Sports website that the attacking midfielder, 21, has a lot to prove following a season that has fallen short of the standards he has set.