Old Trafford side want Stamford Bridge veteran and signs are that the full-back is open to such a switch.
Ashley Cole will not rule out the possibility of joining Manchester United when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season despite a raft of interest from abroad, ESPN understands.
Cole, 31, will be out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and with the club so far refusing to offer him anything more than a one-year extension – in line with their policy for players over 30 – the left-back is seriosuly considering his options.
So there you have it. Man United want a player who appears to be moving ever nearer to a Stamford Bridge exit and appears open to a move to Old Trafford.
Anyone who questions the likelihood of the England man making such a move to a Premier League rival would only have to recall the fact Ashley Cole made a more controversial move from Arsenal to Chelsea and in far more contentious circumstances.
Chelsea are only likely to offer the 31 year old a one year deal and Ferguson may well be open to offering a longer contract and given the average form shown by Patrice Evra over the past 18 months the Scot may see Ashley Cole as a player who can able battle, or even replace, the French international.
Sir Alex Ferguson did sign Dutchman Alexander Buttner as a back-up option but it would appear that the Man United boss is keen to enter the race for arguably one of the best left-backs in Europe, clearly tempted by the fact that a player of Ashley Cole’s ability is available on a free transfer this summer.
For Chelsea’s part Roberto Di Matteo has a ready made replacement for Cole in the form of Ryan Bertrand and given that the West London side is making strides in their move to build a youthful squad that challenges for top honours long into the future, hence Roman Abramovich spending £80m+ on six players under the age of 24 in the summer, moves to allow Cole and Frank Lampard leave in the summer would appear to be part of the process a process of re-building.
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