Manchester City are set to make a world-record £30million bid in an attempt to secure the services of young English starlet Luke Shaw, reports the Daily Mail.
The move comes as City look to edge ahead of their Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign the 18-year-old full-back.
The Southampton youngster has become one of England's hottest prospects over the last year, and has been tipped to win himself a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad this summer.
The reported £30million bid for Shaw would be a new world record transfer for a full-back - beating the £29.5m paid by Barcelona for Dani Alves in 2008.
Their city rivals United have been heavily linked with a move for the England under-21 international - having shown previous intent to secure the country's next defensive talent with the captures of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
But now it would seem the Manuel Pellegrini has shown his determination to add some English blood to a City side boasting a wealth of foreign talent.
Shaw, who has made 17 league appearances this season for the Saints, is said to be happy at the club and not looking for a move away.
But if the world-record bid did come in for the man tipped to be the long-term England replacement for Ashley Cole, it would be seem to be hard to turn down.
Southampton have a record of allowing their hottest young talent to leave with the likes of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale taking their careers to the next level after leaving the south-coast club.
But with the Saints now being an established Premier League side these times may have changed.
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