Luke Shaw informed Southampton of his desire to join Manchester United on the final day of the 2013/14 season.
The Saints brought the curtain down on a hugely prosperous campaign at St. Mary's under the management of Mauricio Pochettino with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Red Devils on May 11 and, according to reports from the BBC cited by The Daily Express, Shaw - who has also been heavily linked to Chelsea - informed the relevant powers at the club that he wanted to move to Old Trafford at an event held after the game.
Manchester United have reportedly been in pursuit of Shaw for some time now, with it being claimed that an initial £27 million bid for his services was launched last month.
A clear target of former manager David Moyes, the appointment of experienced Dutch manager Louis van Gaal as his replacement appears to have done preciously little to dampen Manchester United's enthusiasm for the wonderfully-talented 18-year-old.
Shaw - who is currently in Brazil as part of England's final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals - played a major part in Southampton's successful run last term, making 35 appearances for the club as they went on to finish in eighth place.
As a notably composed and industrious full-back with a great future ahead of him, it's little wonder that Manchester United are keen to ensure that they are able to land Shaw ahead of the likes of his boyhood idols Chelsea.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea each appear to harbour a desire to pursue new long-term options at left-back, with Patrice Evra clearly past his best - despite recently signing a new one-year contract extensions - and Ashley Cole set to leave Stamford Bridge when his own deal expires at the end of the month.
One could be initially forgiven for assuming that Shaw's personal support of the Blues could sway matters firmly in their favour as this revelation would appear to suggest that the £30 million-rated starlet firmly has his eyes set on Manchester United.
With the player now in Brazil, however, it may be that such a deal isn't finally thrashed out until the Three Lions' exit from the upcoming tournament.
Such a move also depends on Southampton, of course, who are obviously reluctant to lose many more of their star names on the cheap with striker Rickie Lambert already having completed a move to Liverpool last week.