Manchester United look set to fight Chelsea for the signing of highly-rated Southampton full-back Luke Shaw.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Premier League champions have identified the 18-year-old as a priority summer target and are preparing to battle Chelsea for the £30 million-rated England U21 international.
Manchester United, who have endured a tricky 2013/14 campaign to date under the tutelage of new boss David Moyes, appeared to make a massive statement of intent during the weekend after completing the signing of Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.
And after completing such a deal, it appears as if Manchester United are keen to strengthen further.
Those same aforementioned reports claim that the Red Devils have already looked into the possibility of completing a potential deal for Shaw during the current transfer window, but Southampton's reluctance to part with the player means they will delay proper attempts to secure his signature until the summer.
Chelsea, the club that Shaw apparently supported during his childhood, have also been strongly linked with a move for the left-back who has enjoyed such a prosperous campaign under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.
Whether they will pose a significant threat to Manchester United's hopes of landing Shaw at the end of the season, though, is not yet clear.
However, given his obvious affection for the club and their relative current strength compared to Moyes' side, you have to think that Chelsea would have a slight edge in any transfer battle.
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