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Chelsea are 'prepared to act' on Luke Shaw in January, according to reports

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The Blues are supposedly ready to spend some of the Juan Mata profits in January in order to keep Ed Woodward's grubby paws off of the Southampton fullback

Paul Gilham

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been saying all along that the Blues are done adding to the squad in January, but after reports emerged over the weekend that Manchester United had lodged a sizeable bid for Luke Shaw, the media are suggesting that we may not be completely finished with our January shopping:

Chelsea will use the £37.1million they received from Manchester United for Juan Mata to help beat their rivals to the signing of Luke Shaw this week.

Standard Sport revealed last month Chelsea were confident of doing a £20m deal for the Southampton left-back in the summer.

But Chelsea are prepared to act before the transfer window closes on Friday night in light of United’s late move for the England Under-21 international.

London Evening Standard

In all likelihood, any move for the Southampton fullback would include remaining with the Premier League club until the season is over. That sort of arrangement has been something Chelsea have agreed to in the past, and there's little reason to believe it would be a major stumbling block in the next few days.

Whether or not Southampton would be agreeable to a January sale is something that's very much debatable. It's not hard to believe that they may feel they could get a larger offer over the summer, and the player's contract isn't particularly close to expiring at the moment. I suppose we'll find out in the next several days.