Danny Rose is set to become the latest beneficiary of the Premier League's barmy homegrown regulations after Chelsea set their sights on signing him. The Mirror claim Tottenham have been asked to name their price for the left-back with Jose Mourinho ready to pay upwards of £15million.
The jury remains out on Rose, but Mauricio Pochettino was in no doubt over his ability last season, quickly promoting him to the club's first-choice left-back. He started 27 Premier League games last season, contributing three goals and four assists.
Having recently sold Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid, Mourinho has just two recognised full-backs in his squad with Cesar Azpilicueta currently acting as left-back as well as reserve right-back for Branislav Ivanovic.
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With the Premier League homegrown rules always keeping clubs on their toes, Chelsea believe they can kill two birds with one stone by signing Rose. He would help fill their required quota (eight homegrown stars in the 25-man squad) while also increasing depth in defence.
And Mourinho is so set on signing the 25-year-old that he is willing to pay what many would consider to be way over the odds for a man without a senior England cap to his name. Rose has played for the Under-21 side 29 times and also represented Great Britain at the London Games in 2012.
But there is no question that £15m is well above his value and there would be little interest from Stamford Bridge if Rose did not have a British passport. The initiative was originally introduced in the 2010/11 season with the aim of helping local talent to break through the growing canopy of foreign stars.
However, Rose is unlikely to get much game time if he does move to Chelsea and will play second fiddle to Spain international Azpilicueta. The lack of first-team football will serve to halt the progress Rose has made since becoming a regular at White Hart Lane.
What is more worrying is the fact that Chelsea are willing to pay so much money for a player who is not deemed good enough to play for England. Rose currently sits behind Kieran Gibbs, Leighton Baines and the much younger Luke Shaw in Roy Hodgson's pecking order, making an established England career unlikely.
Rose was called up to the squad for the recent games against Lithuania and Italy before eventually withdrawing through injury. That call came only after an injury to Manchester United's Shaw, however.
Current chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, believes he can solve to problem by increasing the required quota from eight to 12. The theory goes that Premier League clubs can currently fill their backbenches with England's not-so-finest. Increasing it to 12 would force them to play a more active role in first-team duties. Arsene Wenger, an opposer to any quota system, said it would only serve to make things worse.
He said in March: "I believe that we are in the world of competition. Competition means who of you or me is the best one. We have to accept that. That means as well that the rules of the game must be structured to favour the best. Or we are not in a competition anymore. So we can say one of two things - we protect the mediocre or we produce the best players."
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