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Chelsea owners planning for a transfer of Luke Shaw from United

Luke Shaw

Chelsea has faced significant challenges with injuries in the left-back position this season. Ben Chilwell recently made his comeback as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Fulham after an extended period on the sidelines. Chilwell had not been in any match of the Premier League since late September. However, Mauricio Pochettino is likely optimistic that Chilwell can now string together a sustained run of matches.

Mauricio Pochettino has frequently had to resort to makeshift solutions in the left-back position. Center-back Levi Colwill has played 16 games at left-back (compared to nine in his preferred role). Meanwhile, right-back Malo Gusto also filled in for the recent FA Cup victory against Preston North End.

Given the circumstances and the challenges in the left-back position, it is not surprising that Chelsea, under the ownership of Todd Boehly, is actively seeking reinforcements during this month’s transfer window. An intriguing target has emerged in this pursuit.

As per reports, Chelsea has identified Manchester United defender Luke Shaw as a potential target. Internal discussions have taken place at Stamford Bridge regarding a potential move for Shaw in the January transfer window. Mauricio Pochettino’s preference for Premier League-proven players has led senior officials to consider Shaw among the five possible targets.

Can Chelsea pull off the signing of Luke Shaw?

Targeting more established and proven players, such as Luke Shaw, is a sensible approach for Chelsea. Despite significant spending since Todd Boehly’s takeover, Chelsea finished 12th last season and is currently on course for another mid-table finish this year. The recent victory only moved them up to ninth in the standings. Focusing on experienced players could contribute to a more stable and successful performance in the Premier League.

Todd Boehly’s recruitment strategy has seen only six players based in the Premier League, and among them, only a few of them were over the age of 21 upon arrival. In contrast, Luke Shaw brings vast experience in the English top flight, nearing 250 games. He has consistently performed at a top level for almost ten years. Thus, earning recognition with PFA Team of the Year selections in the 2013/14 and 2020/21 seasons.

Signing Luke Shaw in response to an injury crisis may raise questions, especially considering his own struggles with injuries. This season, he has been limited to just 10 appearances. Since joining Manchester United, Shaw has missed a significant number of matches, totaling 214. While 64 of those were due to a broken leg, it still accounts for only 29.9% of his overall absences.

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