Before we start delving into the realms of transfer speculation, it’s worth paying lip service to the fact Chelsea already have a potential Ashley Cole successor on their books in the form of Cesar Azpilicueta.
After all, the Spaniard is the man whose impressive performances have pushed the England centurion out of the Blues first team and the Three Lions fold this season.
The 24 year-old has shown unbelievable progress since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer, transforming himself from an attacking right-back into one of the most formidable defensive left-backs the Premier League has to offer.
Now likely to start for La Roja at the 2014 World Cup, it would be wrong to suggest that the five-cap Spain international isn’t capable of filling Ashley Cole’s almighty void in the long-term.
Furthermore, with youthful left-backs now one of the transfer market’s more ‘in vogue’ trends, maintaining Azpilicueta as Chelsea’s resident No.3 next season would save them a significant sum in the summer window.