Manchester United are ready to make a big bid in an attempt to sign Southampton full-back and Chelsea target Luke Shaw, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Express, the defending Premier League champions are ready to offer in excess of £20 million to try and sign the highly-promising England U21 international.
18-year-old Shaw has proven himself a real talent on the left-hand side of Mauricio Pochettino's backline at St. Mary's this season, with both Chelsea and Manchester United having been linked with his signature this month.
The Argentine, who looks as if he will remain at Southampton despite the uproar caused by the recent departure of former executive chairman Nicola Cortese, has displayed admirable resolve regarding Shaw and this week re-iterated his stance that the club had no intention of selling Shaw either this month or during the upcoming summer.
However, he could surely be powerless to prevent Shaw from departing if Southampton receive such a hefty bid for his services.
Manchester United, who have endured a difficult 2013/14 campaign to date but pulled of arguably the biggest transfer of the year so far with the capture of Juan Mata from Chelsea, look to have a pressing need to secure a new left-back with Patrice Evra's contract at Old Trafford set to expire at the end of the season.
Reports yesterday had suggested that Chelsea intended to use funds received from that aforementioned sale to help trump Manchester United to the signing of Shaw, but they will presumably now have to be quick with the Red Devils seemingly ready to make their move.