Chelsea are reportedly set to rival Manchester United in the pursuit of Danny Rose and are considering a £40 million bid to land the Tottenham superstar.
According to The Sun, Danny Rose has emerged as a target for several European giants. The likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan are interested in the player. But, the race for Rose is set to heat up with Chelsea also entering the race as Antonio Conte seeks to strengthen the left wing-back area.
Danny Rose arrived in London from Leeds United and after gaining first-team experience through several loan spells, the player finally established himself at Tottenham. But, it was under Mauricio Pochettino that the English international, along with his partner-in-crime Kyle Walker, became known as one of the best in the business.
Last season though, the player’s career endured a hiccup as a knee injury forced the curtains on his participation in the 2016-17 campaign and the 27-year-old was restricted to just 21 appearances in total. However, with the player on the road to recovery, the suitors have lined up to nab him away from Tottenham.
Manchester United do have Luke Shaw, a player who is widely seen as the future first-choice left-back for both the club and England as well. However, with the player having failed to impress Jose Mourinho up until now, there could be an opening on the left side of the defence.
Indeed, Mourinho does have Daley Blind and even Matteo Darmian, who, despite being predominantly a right-back, has been deployed by the Portuguese with much success so far. The manager also has Ashley Young, who has impressed whenever called upon in the rather unfamiliar role.
Proof that Matteo Darmian is better than Danny Rose. How people think Rose is the best LB in the prem is beyond me. Had a better defense too pic.twitter.com/u31Odg8h7m
— 🤖 (@Darmianesque) August 8, 2017
Still, the need for a natural left-back is paramount, especially with Mourinho experimenting with a 3-man central defence, which could alleviate the defensive frailties Rose is sometimes associated with by several pundits.
However, Chelsea are also looking towards the player with a similar predicament. Marcos Alonso is the only available option at left wing-back and Conte has been left frustrated by the lack of reinforcements in the said position thus far. Rose would be a potent addition and would boost the Home Grown quota for the club as well.
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) August 8, 2017
According to the report, Conte has instructed his board to go ahead and lodge a £40 million bid for the 27-year-old. Tottenham have already sold Kyle Walker in a deal worth above £50 million and with the club currently in a crisis of sorts, with several first-team players injured, they are unlikely to agree to part with the left-back.
But, the aforementioned amount should test Spurs’ resolve and Pochettino might agree to sell the player and promote Ben Davies to be the first-choice left-back for the team, as has been the case in the Kyle Walker saga with regards to Kieran Trippier and the promotion of Kyle Walker-Peters to the first-team.