Chelsea and Manchester United have been handed a potential transfer boost in the race to sign Luke Shaw this summer.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move to the two Premier League clubs, with The Daily Express reporting a fortnight ago that it would cost £30million to prize him away from Southampton.
Taylor transfer link
Today’s speculation in the same paper suggests that both the Blues and Red Devils have been given extra hope in the shape of Neil Taylor, whose agent has revealed that he’s open to a move away from Swansea City.
The Saints have been linked with a move for the Welshman, and his openness to a move could pave the way for Shaw to leave St Mary’s in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United are set to be light in the left-back position moving forward, and whilst Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford, the former champions will need to replace him.
It will be up to new manager Louis van Gaal to decide which player he wants to challenge the French international, and teenager Shaw would seem like an ideal option for the Red Devils.
Having proved himself in the Premier League over the past 18 months, he would be the perfect fit for a club looking to rebuild their long-term future, and the lack of Champions League football should also not be a factor when trying to lure the youngster to Manchester United.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have allowed Ashley Cole to leave the club this summer, losing one of their main options available at the left-back position.
Jose Mourinho regularly chose Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Cole, who spent eight years at Stamford Bridge before walking away from the Blues when a contract offer failed to materialise.
Despite not being first choice, the Chelsea boss will need to find some competitive cover for the 32-year-old in west London, and Shaw would certainly provide that if he were to arrive on the King’s Road.
If either club wants to sign Shaw, they will have to persuade new Southampton boss Ronaldo Koeman to part with one of English football’s rising stars.
But, if Taylor is eager to move to the south coast from Swansea before the start of the new season, then that might just provide the duo with a slight edge.