Former Manchester United star Arthur Albiston has revealed that he believes Luke Shaw will go on to become an established player at Old Trafford, and that £30million could be a relative bargain for the youngster.
According to the Manchester Evening News the ex-Red Devil, who played 485 times for United between 1974 and 1988, is confident that Shaw is worth the hype surrounding a possible transfer. This follows numerous reports that the Southampton starlet will be making a big-money move in the wake of a very impressive campaign in the Premier League. It’s been noted that Chelsea and United will go head-to-head for his signature, though it’s David Moyes’ side who are supposed to have the edge.
And Albiston is of the opinion that the £30million fee his former club are being linked with would be worth it in the end, as Shaw could go on to hold down a first-team position for many years to come.
“It is usually the kind of fee reserved for midfielders, wingers or a striker. But don’t worry about it now because I think in a decade you will be looking at an England regular. £30m will then look a bargain,” the 56-year-old said.
“United have not had to worry about the left-back role for a number of years. Denis Irwin played over 500 games. Patrice Evra has around 400 matches. If United buy Luke Shaw then it is a position they can forget about. He’ll make it his own.”
With various sources claiming that Shaw will decide his future before this summer’s World Cup, we could very well see a definite move for the 18-year-old processed in the coming weeks. Southampton will no doubt be keen to keep hold of him for as long as possible, but £30million may be too much to turn down.