Chelsea star linked to surprise La Liga swap deal, big question mark for Conte; Arsenal and Chelsea join the race to sign Manchester United star?; Manchester United to extend contracts of four players?
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has reportedly started to attract interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Shaw has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford; with the 22-year-old making just two appearances – both in the EFL Cup – this season.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a January move to either former club Southampton or Fenerbahce but according to The Telegraph; both the Gunners and the Blues could potentially make an approach.
Chelsea have been interested in Shaw in the past and as it stands; out-of-favour Kenedy is currently acting as back-up to Marcos Alonso at left wing-back.
Arsenal have both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac who can play on the flank, but Monreal – who will be 32 early next year – has recently been used in the centre.
Manchester United to extend contracts of four players?
Manchester United have reportedly decided to extend the contracts of Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Juan Mata.
The quartet currently have less than a year remaining on their existing deals at Old Trafford; but United have the option of triggering 12-month clauses to tie the players at the club until 2019.
According to The Telegraph; United will activate those options should neither of the first-teamers willingly decide to pen longer deals at the Premier League side.
Earlier this week; Herrera was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish giants able to speak to the midfielder as early as January.
However; United are keen to avoid such talks, and adding a year to their retrospective deals will strengthen the club’s position when it comes to any negotiations with interested clubs.
Chelsea are interested in a swap deal with Atleti which would see Marcos Alonso and Yannick Carrasco exchange places, according to El Gol Digital.
Meanwhile; it’s added that Tottenham’s Danny Rose would be brought in as a replacement for Alonso, thus ensuring that Antonio Conte isn’t left light on the left flank.
There are several problems with such a drastic change though.
Alonso has established himself as an absolute integral piece in Chelsea’s success. While he may have benefited from a lack of competition; he has made the left wing-back role his own under Conte; scoring six goals and providing three assists in 31 Premier League appearances last season.