Manchester United & Chelsea target set for £25m transfer battle

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Southampton defender Luke Shaw is happy to stay at the club this month ahead of a huge £25m battle to sign him during the summer, reports.

According to the website, the 18-year-old is content to remain on the South Coast for now amid interest from Manchester United and is also waiting to see if interest from Chelsea - the club he supports - actually materialises.

Chelsea and Manchester United have both been linked with moves for Shaw during the current window, with reports even suggesting that the Red Devils had tabled a bid of £22.5 million for his services last week.

Although the aforementioned source does not reveal who the teams likely to be involved in a summer battle for Shaw are, I think we can safely assume that it is likely to include Manchester United and Chelsea in some capacity.

Shaw's asupport for Jose Mourinho's side could presumably give them a useful edge in such an intriguing clash, yet Manchester United are perhaps more likely to be able to offer the England U21 starlet an immediate starting berth given that French stalwart Patrice Evra looks as if he will depart the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, still; possess arguably one of the finest left-backs of his generation in the form of Ashley Cole.

Now, while Cole is also out of contract during the summer, Goal report that the 33-year-old - who has been at Stamford Bridge since moving from Arsenal in 2006 - wants a new deal and is also represented by the same management team as Shaw.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that the club do not wish to sell Shaw, yet you have to imagine that such a resolute stance could soften in the face of hefty financial compensation at a more convenient summer juncture.

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