Chelsea and Liverpool may have another transfer tussle over free agent left back


Fenerbahce left back Caner Erkin is available on a free transfer – which could be of interest to Chelsea and Liverpool.

The former CSKA Moscow man struggled to make an impact in Russia as a winger, but has adapted his game to become an impressive left back having return to Turkey with Fenerbahce. With 14 goals and three assists for the club this season, 25-year-old Erkin has unsurprisingly attracted interest from bigger clubs around Europe.

Erkin's agent Batur Altiparmak confirmed earlier this season that two of the clubs watching his client are Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, who are both in need of left back help.

"I don't usually like giving names but it is great for the players confidence that clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea are showing an interest," Altiparmak said.

The two rivals could now lock horns over Erkin's signature after it was revealed that he has left the club on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract – and Chelsea will believe they can land their man.

Manager Jose Mourinho has already beaten Brendan Rodgers to the signings of Willian and Mohamed Salah, who both looked set for moves to Anfield in the summer and in January respectively before Mourinho swooped in to take them to West London.

After all, Chelsea desperately need to find themselves a left back, with Ashley Cole seemingly set for the Stamford Bridge exit door, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta is better suited to playing on the right hand side of the Blues defence despite filling in well on the left this season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were caught short at left back after the injury to Jose Enrique, and the position appears to be a priority for manager Rodgers this summer. Sevilla starlet Alberto Moreno appears to be the first choice option, but if he believes he can get Erkin for free, then his plans may well change – but if Erkin is to move to the Premier League, it seems Chelsea are best placed to land him.

In a freak twist of fate, it could play out that Chelsea beat Liverpool to a signing that the Reds hadn't even prioritised – a far cry from the Willian and Salah disasters.

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