Stamford Bridge side confident they will snap up St Mary’s teenager.
Chelsea are confident they have won the race to sign highly-rated Southampton left-back Luke Shaw according to the Metro.
The 17 year old Saints defender, who is apparently a Chelsea fan, has become a much sought after talent after impressing greatly this term. The youngster has already been called up to the England Under 21 set-up and is a player with great potential and it seems is being lined up by Roman Abramovich as a long term replacement for veteran Ashley Cole.
Southampton will no doubt fight hard to keep hold of the teenager, who only recently agreed a new five-year contract, but the Blues are confident a bid in the region of £10m will be enough to persuade the South-Coast side to sell.
The St Mary’s side have seen other top young talents leave for ‘bigger’ clubs in recent seasons, with Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott all moving to London sides.
Shaw only earned his first Southampton start last August but has gone to make 27 appearances for the club this season.
With Jose Mourinho said to be on his way back to Stamford Bridge this summer it is likely that Chelsea will invest a large sum in additions to improve the club’s squad after what has proven, Europa League triumph aside, something of a major disappointment.