Liverpool plot summer swoop for Ashley Cole

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Could Cole be set for a switch to Anfield?
Could Cole be set for a switch to Anfield? .

Ashley Cole could be set for a shock summer move from Chelsea to Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to the Sunday Mirror

The 33-year-old full-back is in the final year of his Chelsea contract, and would be available on a free transfer come July. 

With the likes of César Azpilicueta and David Luiz becoming increasingly favoured by Blues' boss Jose Mourinho, Cole's first team opportunities have become limited, so a move north could provide the former Arsenal man with the perfect platform to prove he still has what it takes to be a top Premier League defender - despite his age. 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers worked with Cole during his time as a coach at Stamford Bridge, but faces a battle for the England man's signature with the likes of the lucrative MLS and 'super-rich' Qatar also likely to offer the player a fresh opportunity. 

Cole has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in 2006, and has won nine trophies  - including the Premier League title and Champions League. 

The left-back's international position has also come under threat recently ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. 

Everton star Leighton Baines is seen by many as the preferred choice in the England defence due to his attacking and set-piece abilities. 

But with Cole being the first name in the Three Lions defence over the last 10 years it will be a very tough decision for boss Roy Hodgson to make. 

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