Manchester United & Liverpool urged to sign Ashley Cole

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Former England international Chris Powell has urged Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool to make a move for Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole this summer, reports

Powell believes the Blues veteran - who runs out of contract at Stamford Bridge next month - could still play at the top level for another three years, and would fit in nicely at either Manchester United or Liverpool. 

Cole struggled for opportunities under Jose Mourinho in the 2013/14 campaign and now looks set to depart the club in the up coming transfer. 

At 33-years-old, Cole could still have a lot to offer the elite clubs in the Premier League, and it remains to be seen as to whether any of them take a chance on him this summer. 

Powell certainly thinks they should, as he told Sky Sports: "Ashley has played at the top for his whole career, first at Arsenal and now at Chelsea.

"There are rumours that they want a left-back at Liverpool and at Manchester United but whether they will go for experience or whether they will go for a younger player, we'll have to wait and see.

"But he could easily fit into those clubs no problem. He is absolutely capable of doing a job in the Premier League for the next two or three years.

"I think he will be a player much sought after and whoever gets him will be a very fortunate football club and a very lucky manager because they are going to have a very good player."

Having enjoyed a fine eight year stint at Stamford Bridge, the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool could yet look to prize him away from The Bridge. 

Manchester United, of course, signed a Chelsea player - Juan Mata - in January for a club record fee, but the Red Devils seem likely to bring Southampton youngster Luke Shaw to the club. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be desperate to further improve their squad, as they embark on a Champions League campaign next season. 

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