Chelsea keeping tabs on Manchester United defender – he could be sold in January

Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City are all keeping tabs on Luke Shaw’s situation at Manchester United.

The Telegraph reports that all five clubs are keeping a watchful eye with Jose Mourinho preparing to axe the defender in the new year.

United have recently extended the defender’s until 2019 through a clause in his contract.

Despite wanting to sell the defender, United believe by adding the extra year to his contract they can add some value to his price tag.

United paid Southampton £28 million for the defender and hope to recoup some of the back.

Fenerbahce are interested in taking the defender on loan in January, but Shaw is not keen on a temporary move to Turkey.

Mourinho was very critical of the player’s decision to move to Old Trafford when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge and the defender has failed to work his way into the manager’s plans at Manchester United.

Chelsea Transfer News: Arturo Vidal £50M Valuation Amid Blues Rumours

Bayern Munich have decided Chelsea transfer target Arturo Vidal can leave the club in the summer if an offer of £50 million arrives for his services.

That’s according to German magazine Kicker (via The Sun’s Toby Gannon), which reported the Blues value the Chilean closer to £34 million but could change their mind because of their midfield needs.

Vidal has only started five Bundesliga matches this season, as the Bavarians have preferred other options. He made a short cameo in the recent Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, while Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez and Javi Martinez started.

Rodriguez is starting to find his feet in Germany in a less advanced role, and that’s bad news for Vidal. As shared by FC Bayern US, the Colombian’s statistics are impressive:

The 30-year-old worked under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at Juventus, with whom he played the best football of his career. He was mostly used as a guard for Andrea Pirlo but also contributed in front of goal.

His tenacious energy and defensive chops are what set him apart, however, and they would be welcome additions at Stamford Bridge. Depth in midfield has already been a serious problem for the Blues, who have been hit hard by injuries in that area this term.

Cesc Fabregas hasn’t been effective playing alongside N’Golo Kante, who has already missed time. Danny Drinkwater has barely seen the pitch since joining in August and isn’t rated nearly as highly as Vidal.

A reunion with Conte could be beneficial for Vidal, and the report states Chilean media have previously stated he is learning English. Bayern have a reputation as shrewd negotiators, so it could take a monumental effort to bring the Chilean to England.

The key will be his role at the Allianz Arena. If Rodriguez can continue his fine play, there’s little doubt the Bavarians will make his loan move permanent, and the need to keep Vidal would consequently be less great.

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