Chelsea are the bookies favourites to sign Everton full-back Leighton Baines this summer.
Bookmaker Paddy Power have placed Jose Mourinho's side at odds of 13/8 to land the England international, despite the club having already signed Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid in this transfer window.
Chelsea, then, appear to be the favourites to sign the defender, who featured for England in this summer's World Cup. The Blues' Premier League rivals, however, aren't far behind, according to the bookmakers.
Arsenal, who have been extremely busy this summer, have been placed at 3/1 to land the 29-year-old, whilst their north London rivals are the third favourites to secure his signature at 5/1. Manchester United, meanwhile, who were extremely interested in Baines last summer, are out at 7/1 to sign him, despite the club having sold Patrice Evra to Juventus earlier today.
Baines, of course, was a key target when David Moyes was in charge of the Old Trafford outfit, with the former United manager admitting that he tried to sign Baines right up until the last minute of last summer's window.
United have, however, already purchased Baines' international teammate Luke Shaw from Southampton, but it remains to be seen as to whether new boss Louis van Gaal looks to add further competition to the left-back position ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Do Chelsea need Baines?
It certainly seems surprising that Chelsea have been installed as favourites to complete a move for the full-back, considering the club have just splashed the cash on Luis. The former Atletico man looks set to be the club's No.1 left-back for the up coming season, while Mourinho can still use Cesar Azpilicueta in the same position.
Azpilicueta, who featured for Spain in Brazil this summer, had an outstanding season at Stamford Bridge last term, but could be moved over to right-back for the up coming campaign. The Blues, of course, lost the experience of Ashley Cole in this window, as the former England ace joined Italian outfit Roma, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club will make a move for Baines anytime soon.
With Baines at 29, it would be a surprise if Chelsea did swoop for him in this market, as the club appear to be well equipped in the full-back position. Chelsea may be better off focusing on youth, as they plan for long term success.
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