Chelsea are set to sell English left-back Ryan Bertrand this summer following his loan spell at Aston Villa. The 24-year-old has failed to cement a first-team place at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho and will almost certainly leave the west London outfit before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
This information comes courtesy of the London Evening Standard, who claim Chelsea may also decide to sell another of their left-backs, Patrick van Aanholt, once they have assessed him in pre-season training.
Chelsea boss Mourinho could subsequently be left without a recognised left-back in his first team, with long-serving defender Ashley Cole recently released after eight years at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese coach often deployed Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta - a right-back by trade - at left-back this season, but is believed to be in the market for a new signing for that specific position.
While it’s reported that Chelsea have been priced out of a deal to sign Southampton’s Luke Shaw - Manchester United are expected to complete the signing of the 18-year-old England international in the coming weeks - there remains a glimmer of hope that Mourinho could go back for the teenager after the Red Devils extended the contract of Patrice Evra for another season.
Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno is also a target for the west London outfit after a stunning season in La Liga with the recently-crowned Europa League winners. However, Real Madrid are keen to sign the 21-year-old Spain international and are favourites to land the dynamic full-back.
As for Bertrand, it’s currently unclear where he will be playing his football next season, although Aston Villa may attempt to turn his loan deal into a permanent transfer.