Manchester United are determined to pip Chelsea to the signing of England U21 international Luke Shaw, the Metro understands.
The Blues have been considering a move for Shaw as they look for a long term replacement for Ashley Cole, while United are making plans for when Patirce Evra moves on.
With both club’s respective senior left backs linked with exits as soon as this summer, the race is on to see who will secure the 18 year old’s services.
The Southampton man is a Chelsea fan, which could give Jose Mourinho the edge though bookmakers have David Moyes as odds on favourite to complete the deal.
Meanwhile, the Blues’ boss has revealed that he is unsure how long John Terry will be out of action for, according to the Metro.
The club captain has missed the last three games through injury, having previously played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign so far.
Jose Mourinho’s men take on Everton on Saturday lunchtime, though Mourinho is unsure whether Terry will be available for selection.
Should he miss the game, David Luiz is likely to retain his place alongside Gary Cahill at the heart of defence as Chelsea look to strengthen their grip on first place.