Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Luke Shaw as the left back continues to stall on a transfer to Manchester United.
The London club are retaining a strong interest in the 18-year-old and have asked to be kept informed on how the deal progresses, according to the Daily Mail.
Last week the Guardian reported that Shaw was considering his options after United extended the contract of Patrice Evra for another year.
United’s resigning of Evra could be seen as an intention to provide cover and competition for Shaw should he be signed or as an insurance policy should the move for Shaw fall through.
Shaw’s situation is now complicated. He has reportedly coveted a move to United for some time but is determined to cement a starting place at left back.
With Chelsea releasing Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilacueta a natural right-back, it is possible that Stamford Bridge now presents a more promising option.
However, United are thought to be offering Shaw around £100,000 a week, whereas Chelsea would be only be willing to pay around £60,000. The London club are also thought to be unwilling to meet Southampton’s £30m price tag.
Much of the work on the Shaw deal was done by David Moyes before the Scot was sacked as manager and although United have put forward multiple bids for him, his move to Old Trafford is not yet guaranteed.