England left-back Ashley Cole has already made one controversial switch from a top Premier League club to their big rivals when he swapped Arsenal for Chelsea some years back, and now comes word from The Daily Mail that it could happen again.
The 31-year-old defender has yet to begin talks over a new contract at Chelsea despite his current deal expiring in a year’s time where he would be able to join any club on a free transfer. The stalling over a new deal has alerted Manchester United who are on the lookout for a new left-back with Sir. Alex Ferguson believing Patrice Evra has lost some of his pace. Despite both players being 31, Ferguson believes Cole is just about as quick as he ever was and is still the best left-back in the league, perhaps even in Europe. He is still a great defender that adds an attacking threat going forward and Ferguson has been a long-time admirer of his.
The reports in the Mail also claim that Manchester City, Real Madrid and both of the Milan teams are also monitoring the situation and could make a move.
If Cole decides he wants to leave, Chelsea would likely sell Cole to recoup a fee and Manchester United could well be interested in a decent money-offer. United’s first choice for a new left-back is reportedly Everton’s Leighton Baines but the Merseyside club’s £15 million valuation has so far priced out the Red Devils from making a move.
Ashley Cole has spent six seasons at Chelsea and has made over 250 appearances. He is perhaps one of the modern era’s most successful ever English players not to have played for Manchester United having won the Premier League on 3 occasions, the Champions League, the FA cup 7 times, the League cup and is two appearances away from making 100 appearances for England.