Reports this morning claim Chelsea are hoping to do a swift double-dose of transfer business in the summer, completing the signings of Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani prior to the World Cup.
Both players have previously been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and now the Mirror reports that the Blues are already working on deals for the pair who are currently at Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Shaw has a reported price-tag of £20million, and is also said to be attracting interest from a number of other sides in the top flight, but for now he is focused solely on the Saints’ campaign, which took a turn for the worse at the weekend.
Given the way the FA Cup has gone so far this season, Southampton would have felt they had a reasonable chance of a trip to Wembley. But against Sunderland, Mauricio Pochettino rested a number of first-team regulars and ultimately lost the match 1-0.
The result - and the ensuing fan-feeling - has prompted Shaw to apologise for his side’s performance.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, the left-back said, “We’re sorry to the fans who travelled all that way to see a disappointing display like that.
“The manager had faith to switch the team and the players should have done better.
“I’m devastated. I wanted to win the FA Cup and so did every other player.”
With Premier League safety secure, and no midweek match to prepare for, Pochettino still opted to keep a number of Saints player either on the bench or not even in the match-day squad.
But at least Shaw showed his character to apologise to those fans who had travelled a huge distance to watch the match, along with every supporter who simply hoped for better from a side who have enjoyed an impressive campaign to date.
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