With Ashley Cole’s expected Stamford Bridge exit set to leave right-back Cesar Azpilicueta as the only left-back left in the Chelsea squad, the Blues are eyeing up a new number three.
Sitting underneath the crossed out name of Manchester United target Luke Shaw, Sevilla hot property Alberto Moreno is the man taking pride of place at the head of Jose Mourinho’s transfer wishlist, with a fee ranging between £12m-£15m reportedly being readied.
Accepting bids is something Los Rojiblancos’ moneymen do exceptionally well and, should they sanction this move, highly-rated Moreno would cost less than half of what prospective suitors are allegedly going to have to fork out for Southampton’s Shaw.
Liverpool – one of the clubs believed to be keen on Cole – are up next for the Blues, where nothing other than a 15/4-rated win will suffice if the west Londoners are to remain realistically in with a shout of winning the Premier League title.
Much like the race for the top-tier crown this season, competition for Moreno’s scrawl is certain to be stiff this summer, with Real Madrid known to be an admirer of the 21-year-old and Man Utd also burning a candle for him.
In fact, the bulk of the Premier League’s elite have been credited with an interest via various quarters of the media, including Arsenal and Liverpool.
Such attention is commonplace for a player boasting such talent.
The one-cap Spanish international is cut from the same intrepid cloth as Shaw, able to play in any berth down the left-flank on account of his attacking prowess.
He hasn’t been too shabby in the attack-repelling department either, making 1.8 tackles and 2.5 interceptions per La Liga outing this season.
Defensive numbers like these will appeal to Mourinho’s penchant for safety-first full-backs and a move to Chelsea would undoubtedly see these figures improve next term.
The Blues may be heavily fancied to lose when they visit Anfield next, but having masterminded clean sheets from trips to Manchester City, Man Utd and two to Arsenal this season, it would not be entirely against the formbook if they inflicted a blank on Liverpool’s fearsome attack.
Back a shut out being enforced on the hosts at a mega 19/4.