Chelsea to Launch Bid For Southampton’s ‘New Gareth Bale’

Teen left-back on Blues radar.

New Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo wants to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw who has been labelled the ‘new Gareth Bale’.

The Blues will bid £4 million for the 16-year-old, who made his first-team debut for Saints against Millwall in the FA Cup last season, reports the Daily Mail.

The England under-17 defender is highly-rated at St Mary’s and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins insisted in January that Shaw was a big part of his future plans.

However, Chelsea are embarking on a huge rebuilding programme this summer and have already brought in Marko Marin and Eden Hazard.

Di Matteo believes that Shaw can be a future replacement for Ashley Cole, who will turn 32 this year, and believes the youngster is also England’s future left-back.

Saints are understood to be ready to rebuff any approaches for Shaw.

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