Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen to sign Chelsea leftback Ryan Bertrand, which could then pave the way for Chelsea to make an offer for Southampton's Luke Shaw, thought to have be a Mourinho target.
The Chelsea left back has barely featured in the squad this term, finding himself firmly down the pecking order behind fellow fullbacks Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta (as well as utility players Branislav Ivanovich and Michael Essien).
Bertrand, who starred in Chelsea’s Champions League final shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in 2012, has barely got a look in under Mourinho this term, making just one start in the Premier League.
Liverpool and Everton are both reportedly interested in the player, with Rodgers thought to be making the left back slot a priority.
But should Mourinho allow Bertrand to move on - and with Essien’s agent admitting his player could move back to France this month - Chelsea's manager could find himself in the market for a new left back. And one man who has repeatedly been linked with Chelsea is Southampton defender Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old defender has been a star player for the Saints this season, and he is looked upon as the long term left back solution for both Chelsea and England.
The fullback has started 17 Premier League games for Southampton, producing solid defensive displays and clever attacking moves. Shaw, a Chelsea fan, was given the seal of approval by current Chelsea left back Ashley Cole last week. Cole Tweeted that he 'hope(d) to see him there (at Chelsea) to be honest'.
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