Luke Shaw is set to be the subject of a £20 million-plus tug-of-war for his services in the summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United have made if clear through third parties that they are prepared to pay up to £25m to land the Southampton left-back.
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The Insider understands that Shaw's parents live in Raynes Park, the south-west London suburb that is only a short drive to the west London club's Cobham training base.
However, Chelsea's bid to capture the left-back is complicated by the fact that he is represented by Stellar Group, the same management firm who represent Ashley Cole.
With Cole out of contract at the end of the season, Stellar will have to balance the interests of England's left-back for the last decade and their emerging star.
As reported by Goal, Manchester United made a £20m move for Shaw on January and the Premier League champions are expected to step up their bid to sign him in the next window.
Sources expect Shaw to join the club that Stellar advise him to, with all signs point to him leaving St Mary's Stadium this summer.
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The French left-back is out of contract this summer but has an option in his present deal which would allow him to activate an additional 12 months.
Evra was set on calling time on his Old Trafford career and it was revealed this week that Inter are at the front of the queue.
But the 31-year-old has held a series of heart-to-heart talks with boss David Moyes, who has stressed the defender's importance to the camp.
Evra has promised to now make a quick decision. United have also offered a £10,000 a week pay hike on his present £77,000-a-week wages to stay.
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PULIS BANISHES ACADEMY FROM PALACE TRAINING GROUND
Tony Pulis has transformed the fortunes of Crystal Palace since being appointed the manager in late November but one change made by the former Stoke City manager has not met with universal acclaim at Selhurst Park.
The Insider understands that Pulis has banished the Palace academy players from the club's Beckenham training ground.
Palace bought their long-standing training base last year in a £2.3m deal, with co-chairman Stephen Browett explaining how important it was for the Academy players to be able to make the relatively easy journey from inner-city south London.
However, Pulis has decreed that the younger age groups must train away from the club's first-team headquarters.
Only players from the Under-21s upwards are now training at Beckenham as Pulis concentrates the club's efforts on maintaining their Premier League status.
- By Wayne Veysey