According to the Metro, London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are set to indulge in a bidding war for England starlet Luke Shaw.
The 17-year-old is a product of Southampton’s famed youth academy and has heavily impressed in his 23 appearances for the club so far this season.
Via Caught Offside:
"Tottenham and Chelsea are preparing for a summer bidding war for Southampton’s Luke Shaw according to The Metro.
The youngster’s progress is being monitored by the clubs’ scout after he has put in a number of impressive performances for the club in his debut season.
Southampton know they face a battle to keep the youngster, especially if they suffer relegation from the Premier League."
Both Spurs and Chelsea are on the look-out for possible additions to their left-back slot.
Ashley Cole is entering the twilight days of his at the Blues and youngster Ryan Bertrand has failed to impress the Stamford Bridge faithful. On the other hand, Spurs desperately seek a back-up for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, although they do possess the promising ‘Zeki’ Fryers in their ranks.
Currently part of the club’s development squad, Fryers is more than capable of filling in for Assou-Ekotto and it is quite surprising to see that the 20-year-old is even yet to make a single appearance for the North London outfit since his controversial move in January.
Nonetheless, Luke Shaw will add the much-needed to spark and depth to both the clubs and the former England U-17 star is the best possible long-term candidate, although his transfer will likely push out either of Fryers or Bertrand out of London.
With a price-tag of £16.5m, I personally feel that Chelsea will probably out bid Spurs for Shaw, but one will have to see whether the outgoing European champions will be willing to pay such a hefty amount for a relatively inexperienced player.
The report also states that if Southampton sell their prized asset this summer, then they are likely to request ‘that Shaw be immediately loaned back to the club in order to prolong his stay on the south coast for another year.’