Manchester City latest to join chase for Chelsea star

Ashley Cole’s contract expires this summer and the Chelsea defender has garnered interest from Europe’s top clubs, with Manchester City being the latest to join the chase, according to the Mirror.

The Blues have offered Cole a new deal which involved reduced terms, but it is expected that he will move on in search of a lucrative new contract.

And Cole has become the shock target for league leaders Manchester City.

The Citizens join Arsenal, Manchester United, and Real Madrid in attempting to lure the English left-back away from Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City looks like a perfect fit for Cole, as the transfer will boost the English players quota required by UEFA.

The Sky Blues will have a shortage of Englishmen next year with the futures of Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, Micah Richards, and Jack Rodwell all in serious doubt.

After an eight-year stint with Chelsea – in which he couldn’t hide his tears during his last home game – Cole could head to the World Cup without knowing where he will be playing next season.

But if Man City were to sign Cole, it would mean they will have to let go one of either Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov, who both currently deputise at left-back.