Manchester United's £22m target eyes dream Chelsea move

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Southampton starlet Luke Shaw is ready to snub Manchester United's interest in order to wait for a dream transfer to boyhood favourites Chelsea, reports The Daily Mirror.

The paper suggests that the Red Devils lodged a bid of £22 million for the player's services last week but that the 18-year-old, who featured for Southampton during their entertaining draw with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Tuesday night, is willing to stay put for the time being - comfortable in the knowledge that Chelsea will make their move in the summer.

That aforementioned report also claims that there is a small chance that a deal involving Shaw could come off before Friday's transfer deadline, but that Southampton are more likely to sell in the summer when Chelsea believe they will be successful in landing their target.

The England U21 international - who has previously admitted to supporting Chelsea - has impressed hugely at St. Mary's in recent months, becoming a vital member of Mauricio Pochettino's side that had begun the season in such positive fashion before recent behind-the-scenes distractions threatened to see it all coming quickly crashing down.

With 20 Premier League appearances to his name this season, Shaw is already being touted by many fans as a potential candidate to make Roy Hodgson's final England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United, who recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's Cardiff City at Old Trafford last night courtesy of goals from the returning Robin van Persie and Ashley Young, look likely to be in the hunt for a new left-back with current incumbent Patrice Evra out of contract during the summer.

Chelsea, meanwhile, who sold talented playmaker and reigning Blues Player of the Year Juan Mata to Manchester United in a deal believed to be worth £37.1 million last weekend, are believed to view Shaw as a long-term successor to the ageing Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.

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