Blues turn their attentions from Shaw.
Chelsea are set to make a late big-money bid for Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis before the end of transfer deadline day.
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CaughtOffside understands that boss Jose Mourinho has grown weary of the constant uncertainty surrounding Luke Shaw at Southampton and is set to turn his attentions elsewhere by going for a player already established, rather than one that will require moulding.
The Blues have been linked with Shaw’s signature for the better part of a year, but have so far resisted from making a move, opting instead to strengthen other areas of the squad.
However, with regular left-back Ashley Cole nearing the end of his current contract and fast approaching 34 years of age, the need for a new player to take over for him has never been greater.
Cole has suffered with numerous injury problems this term and has struggled to win his place in the side back from stand-in Cesar Azpilicueta and Jose Mourinho has recognised how important it is to take action now.
And he is now set to blindside Atletico Madrid with a late 11th hour bid for their Brazilian international full-back in the hope that he can bring him on board ready to help the club dominate next season.
The 28-year-old has been in fine form over the past two years, but has really seen his game jump up another level this season as the club continue to keep pace with Barcelona and cross city rivals Real at the top of the La Liga table.
A physically commanding force on the flank, he is frequently causing opponents all manner of problems both offensively and defensively. Blessed with tireless running and impeccable timing he has increased his performances output ever since Diego Simeone took over at the Vicente Calderon.
Often overlooked thanks to other, higher profile members of the Atletico side and he has already made 29 appearances for the side this season.
However, Chelsea will need to cough up a significant amount if they want to bring him on board as his current valuation stands at £13m. And with his current contract running until 2017 Atletico are in no hurry to sell.
But with the kind of money they would make from the sale they would be able to reinvest the money back into the squad in order to make a substantial challenge for honours next term.
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