Liverpool and Tottenham have been quoted £8 million for the services of Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand, who is free to leave west London providing a suitor meets his valuation.
The Daily Express reports how the 24-year-old defender has been heavily expected to leave Stamford Bridge during the transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.
Bertrand spent the second half of the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Aston Villa, but returned to Chelsea with the hope he might force his way into Mourinho's first-team following the free transfer departure of veteran Ashley Cole earlier this summer.
Cole ended his stay in England by penning a two-year deal with Serie 'A' giants AS Roma earlier this week, leaving the Blues worryingly short on cover on the left side of defence.
Cesar Azpilicueta was deployed out of position for much of last season, but the expectation is that Mourinho hopes to revert the Spaniard back to his preferred right-back role.
Bertrand has no Chelsea future
After missing out on the signature of Luke Shaw to rivals Manchester United, Chelsea's attention has since turned to Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis.
The Blues will be required to pay close to £20 million to secure the South American's services, raising further doubts about Bertrand's future in the capital.
His apparent availability has prompted admiring glances from a host of different clubs, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino credited with an interest in bringing the twice capped England international to White Hart Lane.
Swansea City's Ben Davies is another player allegedly on Tottenham's transfer radar, but at £8 million the Chelsea outcast would be a slightly cheaper option.
Liverpool are also on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, with Brendan Rodgers having already failed with a £6 million bid for Bertrand.
The Merseyside club were also unsuccessful in their attempts to lure Alberto Moreno to Anfield, and so could return to Stamford Bridge and meet Mourinho's asking price.
Aston Villa remain keen on bringing Bertrand back to Villa Park, but with the club up for sale it's unlikely that the owner would be willing to part with the cash needed to bring the player back to the Midlands.
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