Chelsea are set to miss out on the signing of Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw, who is expected to join Manchester United before next month’s World Cup finals get underway, because they were not prepared to match the 18-year-old’s £30m valuation. United have also offered the teenager £40,000 more per week than the Blues were prepared to pay.
According to the Guardian, Chelsea would have proposed paying the full-back a wage of around £60,000-a-week had their bid been accepted by the Saints - a figure which pales in comparison to the Red Devils’ £100,000-a-week offer. Despite the vast wealth of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, it seems Chelsea are not prepared to overspend for the defender and will consider other options instead.
Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho will be desperate to secure the services of another left-back after releasing long-serving defender Ashley Cole, who left Stamford Bridge after eight years at the club. Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt - the Blues’ other two recognised left-backs - are also expected to leave the west London outfit this summer.
Mourinho, however, is a huge fan of Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta - a right-back who spent most of this season playing for Chelsea at left-back after displacing Cole. The 24-year-old was named the club’s Players’ Player of the Year after a superb campaign.
But Chelsea remain keen to sign another left-back, possibly to rotate with Azpilicueta, and have lined up Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis as a potential summer signing after refusing to up their bid for Shaw.