Chelsea & Man City to battle it out for top-notch Premier League left-back

Manchester City and Chelsea are set to do battle with each other for the signature of highly rated West Ham left back Aaron Cresswell following his impressive debut season in the Premier League, according to The Daily Mail.

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Cresswell, 25, joined West Ham from Championship side Ipswich for £2m in summer and has gone from strength to strength for the Hammers, attracting interest from the Premier League’s top clubs.

Manchester City look set to lose James Milner in summer, due to his contract expiring, needing to boost their quota of homegrown players and will be able to run the rule over him as West Ham travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday.

Chelsea are also on the lookout for homegrown players and could be tempted into making a move should Filipe Luis decide to move on after being frustrated due to the lack of first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

The former Ipswich man is on a five year contract at Upton Park and hierarchy at the east London club would reportedly be reluctant to see him leave, though a big enough bid would surely test their resolve.

Should the Citizens prove unsuccessful in their attempts to lure Cresswell to the north east, The Daily Mail claim that they are also looking at Tottenham full back Danny Rose, with Aleksandar Kolarov possibly heading a large player exodus in the summer.

Other possible homegrown targets Manchester City are said to be looking at are Liverpool contract rebels Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, along with Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.


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