Chelsea may currently be focusing on a title challenge and Champions League tilt, but come the end of the season, expect them to be busy in the transfer market with a top quality striker sure to be a priority.
But Jose Mourinho’s side has also been regularly linked with a new left-back in the form of Southampton’s Luke Shaw. And while reports suggest it will take a bid in the region of £30million to secure the teenager’s services, Chelsea may feel that is money well spent considering his development in such a short space of time, and the likely interest from rivals both domestic and further afield.
Shaw recently said that he paid no attention to transfer speculation and was focusing only on his current season, but that could lead to a World Cup call-up this summer – something Shaw has been speaking about with the Sun in an interview later quoted by Sky Sports.
Speaking about the possibility of the man he is being tipped to replace at Chelsea – Ashley Cole – heading to Brazil this summer, Shaw said, “Ashley has nothing to prove. He has won 107 caps for his country. Everyone knows what he can do.
“When I went to Stamford Bridge I used to watch him closely because I play in his position.
“There is no question he has been the world’s best left-back for the last 10 years – and still is.”
It is clear Shaw regards Cole very highly indeed, but the Southampton and England man looks set to take the older player’s place in the international fold and may well do the same domestically.
The only question Mourinho has to ask himself is if he feels Shaw is worth the money being touted, with Cole’s Stamford Bridge career seemingly coming to an end.