Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt a potential transfer blow in their pursuit of highly-rated defender Luke Shaw.

The Southampton starlet has been linked with a Premier League switch in recent months, with the Blues eyeing the player as a possible replacement for Ashley Cole. The Gunners, meanwhile, were first linked with a swoop for the player in the summer.

However, Saints boss Nigel Adkins has made it clear that the England youth international is not for sale, and is enjoying life on the south-coast at St Mary’s.

"Luke is very happy where he is. He is in the first team, he has got great people around him and his future is very bright,” Adkins is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

"If Southampton are in the Premier League, there is no better place for any of our young players. They have more chances of first team football here than elsewhere."

Dubbed ‘the new Gareth Bale’, Shaw is the latest player off the Saints production line, and is tipped to follow in the footsteps of other success stories from the club – namely Bale and Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsene Wenger has a track record of getting the best out of young players at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners renowned for developing talent in north London.

Were Shaw to join Arsenal, he’d compete Kieran Gibbs for a place in the starting line-up.

Chelsea are building for a future without England international Cole, with interim boss Rafa Benitez confirming recently that the full-back could well leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign.

Shaw would instantly compete with Ryan Bertrand for a place in the Blues side if Cole does move away from west London, as the Blues pull together a core of young players looking to the future.

Oscar, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are all under the age of 23, and are all likely to play a part in Chelsea's development as a force both domestically and in Europe nover the coming years.

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