Manchester United to target Saints defender Luke Shaw?
Manchester United opinion: Southampton defender Luke Shaw is Patrice Evra's natural long-term successor
Having already signed the likes of Nick Powell, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in recent times, it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly looking to bringing in the best English talent available. If that is the case, he should look no further than Southampton defender Luke Shaw.
He made his first-team debut for Southampton against Millwall in the FA Cup in January 2012 at the tender age of just 16, and since their rise to the Premier League, he has become a valued member of the first-team. In addition to this, he is a regular for England Under-21s at the age of just 17.
Shaw is a left-back and so having come up through the same youth academy as a certain Gareth Bale, comparisons were bound to be made, however Shaw is more of a conservative player than the now flying Welsh winger.
Add to this the fact that Patrice Evra isn’t getting any younger and Alex Buttner looks a little suspect defensively, and the move seems a no-brainer.
Strong in the tackle and described by Sir Trevor Brooking as "technically very gifted", you’ve got a defender more than capable of playing for well over a decade in the red kit of Manchester United. The fact he could play alongside the future England centre-back pairing of Smalling and Jones means it makes even more sense.
The only potential issue with such a move is that he has been linked strongly with Arsenal and Chelsea and claims to be a Chelsea fan, so competition for his signature is going to be tough.
Chelsea apparently had a bid of £10m rejected by Southampton in the January transfer window. However he was reportedly quite close to former manager Nigel Adkins who was replaced by Mauricio Pochettino in controversial circumstances, and so Shaw may seek a move this summer.
The most sensible thing to do if he was to sign for the Red Devils would be to loan him out until Evra retires and then keep one of Buttner or Fabio Da Silva to act as his understudy, as long as he lives up to his potential.
Although Shaw has reportedly committed his long-term future to Southampton, every player has their price and both Shaw and the Saints may struggle to resist should a club of Manchester United's stature come calling in a mega-money move.
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