With just over eight months remaining on his current Chelsea contract, the question of whether or not Ashley Cole will remain in west London past the end of this season has become a poignant one in recent weeks.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to fight for the 31-year-old’s signature at the end of the season following news that the left-back has failed to agree new terms with his current club.
The Blues will still have the opportunity to tie their defender down to a new contract in the coming months, but would doing so be worth their time?
Like any decision of this kind, the Cole conundrum comes with its positives and negatives. It’s simply a matter of which side of the argument weighs heavier.