Manchester United appeared set to complete the transfer of Luke Shaw from Southampton before the World Cup next month but, it has been claimed, the defender’s proposed move to Old Trafford is now in doubt.
Shaw earned himself a place in PFA team of the year following a stellar season for Southampton, with the teenager’s performances resulting in interest from Manchester United. The club have made a £27 million bid for Shaw, and a move to Manchester appear to be a forgone conclusion.
However, reports The Guardian, Shaw’s switch to Manchester United has stalled with the 18-year-old not prepared to rush into making a decision on his future. Manchester United have worked on the prospective deal for some time, and had assumed it was done.
But Shaw is supposedly considering his options and, with the World Cup on the horizon, has far more pressing concerns on his mind. Manchester United, meanwhile, confirmed on Friday that Patrice Evra had signed a one-year contract extension, which may represent something of a contingency plan by the club.
Shaw had been considered a replaced for Evra who, at 33, would have been available on a free transfer at the end of next month. Manchester United, however, have moved to retain Evra, which perhaps suggests a concern that a deal for Shaw may not happen.
The Southampton left-back is also wanted by Chelsea, although it is unclear if Jose Mourinho will make an attempt to bring the player to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea do need a left-sided full-back after the departure of Ashley Cole, and Shaw would certainly fit the bill.
Shaw would reportedly receive wages of £60,00-per-week at Chelsea rather than the £100,000-per-week on offer from Manchester United, but the player does support the London club, which would perhaps swing a transfer in their favour.