According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea lead the list of Premier League clubs willing to save Luke Shaw, who is on a deal worth £70,000-a-week from his Manchester United nightmare.
Well, the Daily Mail says that the England international’s Old Trafford future has been thrown into doubt once again after he was substituted at half-time in the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, and subjected to more public criticism from manager Jose Mourinho post-match.
The Daily Mail says that the 22-year-old is now likely to leave United this summer unless Mourinho goes first, and Chelsea – along with Premier League rivals Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Everton – are interested in the left-back, who also supports the Premier League holders along with the rest of his family.
The report adds that the Blues lost out to their top flight rivals for Shaw when he left Southampton in 2014.
The campaign started badly for the left-back as he appeared to be fourth-choice in that position behind Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, but he started to work his way back into Mourinho’s plans just before the festive period.
After starting four Premier League matches in a row in December and January, the 22-year-old has once again found himself behind Young in the pecking order and was criticised by his manager for his showing against the Seagulls which could mean that he barely features for the rest of the season.
Despite the harsh words from Mourinho, you still get the feeling that Shaw has plenty to offer as a left-back or left wing-back if he can get himself a little fitter and improve his concentration on the pitch.
The Blues are in desperate need of some extra competition for Marcos Alonso, who has come under criticism from the Stamford Bridge faithful at times this season, on the left and there is no doubt that the England international would provide that given his experience and his strengths at either end of the pitch.
The 22-year-old looks to need to arm around the shoulder at his next club, and if Antonio Conte – or a new Chelsea manager if the Italian goes – can provide it this summer, they could have quite the signing on their hands given he is still relatively young and has the potential to improve.