The Southampton teenager has long been mooted as the Blues’ top summer target, but with rumours now suggesting that Manchester United are willing to pay big for his signature a transfer seems less attractive.
Chelsea were said to be willing to splash around £20m to lure the 18-year-old to Stamford Bridge, but now it is understood that the Red Devils are prepared to go north of £25m to land English football’s most highly-rated young full-back.
Although Shaw himself is known to be a fan of the west London club, Jose Mourinho is said to have been deterred by the prospect of a bidding war, and is already looking at alternatives.
Sevilla’s Moreno could be his preferred option, with the Spaniard another one of Europe’s top emerging left-backs.
Sandro of Porto is also seen as an option, with the 23-year-old Brazilian having been a key member of his side’s successful first-team since his 2011 move from home country club Santos.
Chelsea are aware that Financial Fair Play could have an impact on them, and are believed to be looking to cut back on other targets to secure a big money move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
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