Ashley Cole transfer saga continues - five clubs linked

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Ashley Cole looks set to be one of the most in-demand players this summer, with four clubs chasing the signature of the Chelsea left-back - who will be available on a free transfer.

The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign the player at the end of the season, whilst Liverpool and Manchester City have already made proposals to the England international defender.

Manchester United are also watching developments, according to a separate report in The Daily Mirror, with that paper also claiming that Real Madrid have made an enquiry.

Cole joined Chelsea back in 2006, and has since won one Premier League title, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with the west London club.

However, the return of Jose Mourinho saw the 33-year-old fall out of favour, with Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta regularly getting the nod ahead of his more experienced teammate at Stamford Bridge this season.

And, with Cole out of contract at the conclusion of the current campaign, clubs have been queuing up to take him away from Chelsea for nothing.

Tottenham Hotspur are the newest name in the frame, despite uncertainty over who will be in charge at White Hart Lane next season.

Tim Sherwood is currently Spurs boss on an interim basis, but his future remains unclear as Daniel Levy looks to make the club a top four challenger once again.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been mentioned alongside the 107-cap international, and will have Champions League football to offer the veteran once again next term.

Brendan Rodgers has guided his side to second in the Premier League table this term, but the Reds look set to fall short in their quest to bring another domestic title to Anfield.

Defensive frailties have been highlighted as the area Liverpool need to strengthen next season, and Cole would offer experience like few others should he move to Merseyside before the 2014/15 campaign.

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