Report: Chelsea to return for Luke Shaw

Southampton's Luke Shaw on October 30, 2012
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Chelsea identify Southampton's Luke Shaw as the long-term successor to Ashley Cole and plan to bid £10m for the full-back in the summer.

Chelsea will reportedly make a swoop for highly-rated Southampton full-back Luke Shaw at the end of the season.

The Blues have apparently identified the 17-year-old as a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, who signed a 12-month contract extension at Stamford Bridge in January.

England Under-21 international Shaw has impressed in his 17 Premier League appearances for the Saints this campaign.

According to the Daily Mail Chelsea had a bid rejected for Shaw in the winter window, but are confident of landing him with an improved £10m summer offer.

Ryan Bertrand is the current understudy to Cole and has made 30 appearances for the European Champions this term.

Chelsea's Oscar and Brentford's Jonathan Douglas battle for the ball in their FA Cup 4th round replay on February 17, 2013
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