Southampton, Chelsea, Everton and Man Utd set for left-back merry-go-round

Posted by - December 13, 2013 - All News, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Southampton, Transfer News and Gossip

A £20m bid from Chelsea for Southampton defender Luke Shaw could result in a left-back merry-go-round in the Premier League.

The Blues are expected to launch a bid for the 18-year-old when the transfer window opens, according to the Daily Telegraph.

That would render Ryan Bertrand, who is already on the fringes, surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. He would be allowed to make a switch to Everton.

The Toffees could then cash-in on Leighton Baines. It is widely believed that the England star wants to move to Manchester United.

Although the champions made at least two bids for him in the summer, Baines was unwilling to agitate for a move.

But the signing of Bertrand, coupled with the fact that Baines’ stock will not get any higher as he moves into the final 18 months of his contract, could allow him to be reunited with David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Bertrand, aged 24, is also wanted by Sunderland, Liverpool and Southampton themselves, which could lead to the Champions League winner being offered directly in part-exchange for Shaw and thwarting the merry-go-round before it’s even got started.

Saints’ executive chairman Nicola Cortese maintains that Shaw is not for sale, but the Blues will still attempt to open talks.

If Cortese refuses to discuss selling in January, they will try to strike up an agreement that will see the transfer completed in the summer.

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  • Daffy duck

    you hacks are as thick as two short planks. none, I repeat none, of our players are for sale if you dont believe me why dont you put a calol through to Saint Marys and ask.All you are doing by your constant ill founded rumours is irritating Saints fans to the point of distraction. Why dont you turn your attention to other clubs players instead of constantly harping on about ours. Saints dont need the Money are no longer a small club and plan to win the Premier league.So move on, leave us alone before you start getting hate mail in a big way