Chelsea will use the funds received from Juan Mata's recent transfer to help beat Manchester United to the signing of Luke Shaw, according to the London Evening Standard.
Those reports suggest that the Blues will use the £37.1 million received from the Red Devils for the Spanish playmaker to help them trump United in the pursuit of one of Premier League football's most highly-rated starlets.
Southampton left-back Shaw has proved a revelation for the Saints over recent months, with the 18-year-old becoming a regular fixture in Mauricio Pochettino's side following a consistent run of form at St. Mary's.
Such form has seen the England U21 international been linked with a switch away from the South Coast this month, with Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United both having been mentioned in connection with his signature.
Recent reports had speculated that Manchester United had opened preliminary talks over a possible deal for Shaw, but much of the focus at Old Trafford has understandably been on the club's impressive capture of the immensely likeable Mata.
Yet for all the positivity that has engulfed Manchester United and manager David Moyes since Mata's arrival, it appears that such a deal could have inadvertently hampered their pursuit of Shaw by handing the funds necessary to bring the impressive youngster - who has admitted to being a supporter of Chelsea - to Stamford Bridge.
Shaw, who has made 19 top-flight appearances for the Saints so far this season, is valued at around the £30 million mark.