Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign highly-rated Southampton defender Luke Shaw, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on the talented teenager as a potential long-term replacement for Ashley Cole in west London.
Cole has been a mainstay of the Chelsea side over the past seven-years, making his debut in 2006 and rarely being out of the team under a string of managers.
However, the club are starting to look to the future under manager Jose Mourinho, and will at some stage have to replace the 32-year-old at Stamford Bridge.
Shaw has been hugely impressive during his first full season in the Premier League, and Chelsea are now considering a move to bring the England youth international to the club in the New Year.
Roman Abramovich will face competition to sign the player however, with a familiar transfer rival also keen on the talented left-back.
Manchester United have been linked with the player for several months, with a report in The Daily Star in September claiming David Moyes would launch a £25million bid for Shaw in January.
The Red Devils were reportedly chasing Leighton Baines in the summer, but Moyes failed to lure the player to Old Trafford alongside Marouane Fellaini during a transfer window full of disappointments following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Patrice Evra remains the first choice left back for Manchester United, but the Frenchman is also moving towards the later stages of his career at the age of 32.
And, if the Premier League champions aren’t able to agree a deal for Baines in January, then The Daily Mail claims Shaw could be the man for the Red Devils.
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