Shaw reportedly tells friends he wants to join his boyhood heroes

Southampton Football Club

The Southampton left back is being chased by Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool

Ask any young footballer what their dream is and you will be told one of two things: represent your country at the World Cup, or pulling on the colours of the team you supported as a boy.

And with Luke Shaw throughly likely to turn out for England, if not in Brazil, then certainly in the World Cups to follow, the next step on his wishlist will be representing his childhood team, Chelsea.

And for the first time since his rise to prominence last season, he is reportedly open to a move away from Southampton.

With nearly all of the Premier League's top clubs interested him, Shaw could have his pick from a raft of clubs from London, Manchester and Liverpool. But the Express reports that the young left back has disclosed to friends that there is only one team he has eyes on joining.

And with Chelsea having been one of the most active pursuers of him during his career, it could just be a match made in heaven - to the disappointment of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and of course Southampton.

Whether a transfer happens this window or not will depend on the fallout from the recent Southampton boardroom shakeup, but with a figure of £30 million mooted, it is likely to represent the biggest ever sale for a club that have produced Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last decade if, and when it happens.

Shaw, not 19 until July, has made 20 appearances this season, impressing in the Saints' early season surge up the table. Having been at the club since the age of eight, Southampton fans will wonder what they have to do to hang on to their youngsters now they are a promising Premier League outfit in their own right.

With Jose Mourinho seeing Shaw as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, he and Roman Abramovich may yet sign the player this month but allow him to stay on loan at Southampton for the rest of the season, just to keep him out of the reach of the rest of the Premier League giants.

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