Today we go left-back crazy, as we examine three proposed moves for attacking full-backs, while we also take a look at Arsenal’s pursuit of a young Scottish talent...
Spurs are winning the race to sign the England U-21 defender Luke Shaw from Southampton, despite interest from Chelsea.
Why it will happen: Tottenham can point to Gareth Bale as a perfect example of Shaw’s future career path should he move to White Hart Lane. Shaw would receive less game time at Chelsea.
Why it won’t happen: Southampton are flying high and the 18-year old Shaw is playing every week in the Premier League. Unlike when they sold the likes of Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, the Saints now have the platform to keep hold of their best young talent.
Chelsea will make a loan move for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao in January, with an option to buy the left-back at the end of the season.
Why it will happen: Ashley Cole is becoming more injury-prone as he gets older and Jose Mourino will be keen to be reunited with a player that he signed during his tenure at the Bernabeu.
Why it won’t happen: The likes of Manchester United and Tottenham were heavily linked with Coentrao last summer and with the left-back position a priority for both, Real Madrid could well end up selling the player this January rather than loaning him out.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stated that Leighton Baines has definitely not played his last games for the club, despite the England left-back having sustained an injury that will keep him out until the January transfer window.
Why it will happen: Everton’s former manager David Moyes bid for Baines in the summer and is desperate to bring the player to Manchester United, where he will replace the departing Patrice Evra.
Why it won’t happen: Baines still has plenty of time on his contract and Everton have no incentive to sell unless they receive a huge offer. Will such a bid come in for a 29-year old full-back?
Arsenal will watch the Dundee United’s 17-year old wonderkid Ryan Gauld in action against Kilmarnock tonight.
Why it will happen: Arsenal’s transfer policy under Arsene Wenger has always centered around snapping up the best young talent early and then letting it bloom under his tutelage.
Why it won’t happen: Arsenal face major competition for Gauld’s signature. ‘The Scottish Messi’ is also being monitored by Manchester United and LIverpool, as well as many of the biggest clubs in Europe.
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