The Merseyside club haven’t given up on signing Cole.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole could be set for a shock switch to Liverpool in the summer when the 33-year-old’s current contract expires, according to the Daily Star.
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Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is understood to be a big fan of Cole’s and with the England international available on a free transfer, the only financial outlay would be the defender’s wage demands – which are admittedly likely to be high.
The full-back has been used sparingly by manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge this season after the 51-year-old returned for a second stint at the west London club.
Due to a drop in form and fitness Mourinho has decided to play Cesar Azpilicueta on the left side of defence ahead of Cole, which has brought much success.
This snubbing of the Englishman means he is unlikely to have his contract renewed and there are a host of clubs keeping a watchful eye.
MLS side New York Red Bulls are thought to be keen on Cole and are hoping to tempt the defensive ace to America with a large pay packet and the opportunity to play alongside former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.
However, continuing to play Champions League football could play a big part on the player’s decision and Rodgers’ side are almost certain to be doing that in 2014/15 after a brilliant current campaign in the English top flight.
Therefore the only club that could top the Merseysiders would be Real Madrid as the Spanish giants are also thought to be surprisingly interested in Cole – reports the Mirror – due to head coach Carlo Ancelotti’s experience of managing the defender.
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