Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Must Land Alberto Moreno

Tristan Barclay@@tjbbarclayContributor IApril 9, 2014

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 11:  Alberto Moreno of Spain looks on prior to the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Belarus at Iberostars Stadium on October 11, 2013 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Chelsea must pull out all the stops to land Sevilla's Alberto Moreno after Premier League rivals joined the race for his signature.

Jamie Sanderson of the Metro reports that Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are all tracking the player, while noting that Moreno's fate could be intertwined with that of Southampton's highly-rated Luke Shaw. Sanderson writes:

Moreno’s destination could well be influenced by the race for Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw’s signature.

Whichever clubs miss out on the coveted Shaw are likely to focus their attentions on Moreno, who was watched by City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain last Thursday when Sevilla lost 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Chelsea are in need of reinforcements in the left-back berth, with the ageing Ashley Cole linked to a summer move to New York Red Bulls, per Dominic Fifield of the GuardianCesar Azpilicueta has been a favourite of manager Jose Mourinho this season, but it would be a big ask for him to play every single match in 2014/15.

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Southampton youngster Shaw is coveted by a host of Premier League teams, and while Chelsea were once favourites to land his signature, it looks as if he could be heading to Manchester United. Dean Jones of the Mirror reports:

Southampton full-back Shaw is set to join Manchester United in a £27million deal.

Mourinho believed he was in pole position to land 18-year-old Chelsea fan Shaw. But speculation is ­mounting that United have put in place a big-money deal to sign Shaw at the end of the season.

But Chelsea would not necessarily be settling for second-best if they were to go for Moreno. The Spaniard has chipped in with three goals from defence for Seville this season, per Squawka. That would be a handy return for a Chelsea side that is currently struggling to score.

What is more, knowing Mourinho's love for the slightly darker arts in management terms, if Chelsea sign Moreno, that would prevent their title rivals from securing a world-class signing.

Take the Willian transfer, for example. Tottenham Hotspur were set to take the Brazilian from Anzhi Makhachkala before Chelsea muscled in and hijacked the bid. As Jacob Steinberg and David Hytner of the Guardian noted:

José Mourinho made little attempt to hide his delight at hijacking Tottenham Hotspur's move for Willian as the north London club raged behind the scenes about Chelsea's £32m capture of the Anzhi Makhachkala forward representing a vendetta against them.

However, with Moreno valued at up to £30 million (h/t Sanderson), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will have to open his cheque book once again if he is to bring in the left-back.