Chelsea to make £20m January bid for English starlet

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Chelsea are poised to make a £20m offer to Southampton for teenage left-back Luke Shaw, according to the Telegraph.

Southampton are reluctant to sell the 18-year-old, who signed a five-year contract with the Saints in July.

However, the St Mary's outfit do not think that will stop Chelsea from attempting to open talks with Shaw, who is a boyhood Blues fan, in January.

Jose Mourinho appears keen to sign a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole. The England international has played a peripheral role at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with Mourinho opting to play Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta instead.

However, Chelsea are not the only club interested in Shaw, and a former offer could trigger a bidding war between the Premier League's heavyweights.

Tottenham are reportedly keen, while Manchester United have also been linked with the future England international.

It's believed that if Chelsea - or any of their interested rivals - fail to convince Southampton's executive chairman Nicola Cortese to sell in January, then they will return for the highly-rated defender at the end of the season.

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