Manchester United's odds of signing Southampton left-back Luke Shaw before the end of the summer transfer window have been shorted to 1/3 after reports emerged claiming the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the England international ahead of Chelsea.

Chelsea have drifted out to 5/2 on Skybet's market, indicating that a flurry of bets have been lumped on Manchester United to sign the £30m-rated full-back.

The Daily Star reported this week that United will offer Shaw the chance to become the Red Devils' first-choice left-back from the start of next season on a £140,000-a-week contract.

It's believed that could be enough to tempt Shaw into selecting United over Chelsea, who the Southampton teenager grew up supporting.

Despite the fact he wants to sign Shaw, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho cannot guarantee the youngster first-team football, with Cesar Azpilicueta having performed so consistently well since replacing Ashley Cole midway through the season.

Meanwhile, Shaw intensified the speculation surrounding his future by favourite a tweet linking him with a move to Manchester United - although he swiftly unfavourited it after the media found out - on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old is widely considered the best young full-back in the country - and, judging by the latest odds, he could well be a Manchester United player at the start of next season.

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