Manchester United are in a race against time to sign Luke Shaw before he leaves for for the World Cup with England, reports the Guardian.
The Southampton starlet has already chosen Manchester United over other interested parties, including the likes of Chelsea, but doubts still remain over whether a deal can be completed before the tournament begins.
Southampton are hardly in a position to push through with negotiations. Currently without a manager, director of football Les Reed is having to concentrate his efforts on brokering the £4.5m transfer of RIckie Lambert to Liverpool. Not only that but he must juggle to futures of Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, and Dejan Lovren.
What seems to be certain is that Shaw will eventually sign for Manchester United. He has decided that he wants to continue his career at Old Trafford despite the fact their long term future as an elite club is currently in some doubt.
However, Manchester United fear that failing to complete the transfer before he flies to Miami with the England squad next summer, they could face the prospect of not signing Shaw before the start of the season.
Ideally, Manchester United want Shaw's future sorted before players report for pre-season training so he will be given the best chance possible to settle. Shaw himself has accepted the fact that he is likely to go to Brazil as a Southampton player but Manchester United officials are trying their best to make sure that doesn't happen.
They will have to complete the deal before next Sunday, when England will fly to their pre-World Cup training camp before heading to Rio de Janeiro. Roy Hodgson has already warned his squad that they should not come to Brazil with doubts lingering over their futures at club level.