Rumours have it around that both we and Man Utd. are in for a certain young left back by the name of Luke Shaw. A young left back who is on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup in 3 weeks time.
Avoiding the question entirely of whether or not Chelsea should even go for him this window, I'd like to analyse the concept of playing against one's own team.
As a Chelsea fan, I would rather play for Chelsea for 90% less than for any other club at a higher wage. Money may talk, but I've been born and raised watching Chelsea play, and so my dream (were I to have followed into an illustrious footballing career as I'm sure I could've (read: definitely could not have), had I tried) would be to play for the team I love, to walk out in blue onto that Stamford Bridge turf.
Shaw on the other hand, despite being a confirmed as a Chelsea fan, is rumoured to be accepting a deal to take him to Old Trafford. Now given his age, as a fan the main rivalry domestically that he would understand would be the same one I do, whilst local London rivalries are more obvious, the rivalry over the last 10 years for the Premier League crown has been a largely United vs. Chelsea one. Whilst the credibility of these rumours could be called into doubt, it does raise the question, would you rather play for a direct rival and cost the team you support or would that simply be too much?
I personally know I couldn't perform to my top standard even if I was a Southampton player turning out on Stamford Bridge turf. Whilst I understand the essence of professionalism required, I simply could not do it.
So whilst we'll have to wait the summer to see the fruition of the Shaw rumours, and indeed maybe longer to see if he's simply disregarding United as a mid-table switch so he can make his move up to the big time at Chelsea in the future, I'd like to pose a question to you:
How much is your loyalty worth? If I was the sporting director at a title rival, how many 0s do I need to put on the cheque?