Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner's agent has revealed that staying at Old Trafford was not an option once he learned of interest in the Dutch defender from Dinamo Moscow, because the Red Devils are still desperate to sign Southampton starlet Luke Shaw as his replacement.
United have been chasing a deal for Luke Shaw ever since a disastrous 2013/14 campaign finally concluded, but Southampton have proved stubborn negotiators and believe the England international is worth a whopping £27m, even at the tender age of 18.
Shaw falling firmly on United's transfer radar coupled with a contract extension for Patrice Evra means there's no room but Buttner, with his representative Alexander Bursac's mind made up.
Time to move on
Bursac confirmed Butter's ready for a fresh challenge in Russia, while also confirming United's interest in Shaw, in an interview with Voetball International.
The 25-year-old's minder claimed: “In the past two years, Van Gaal as Holland coach has ignored him again and again. What kind of chance did he have under him as a club coach?
"Especially now Patrice Evra has re-signed with the club and they still want to sign Luke Shaw.
"Staying at Manchester United for Alexander was not an option.”
Butter's decision to move on to Moscow will hardly cause shockwaves at the Theatre of Dreams, with the left-back making just eight Premier League appearances last season and failing to convince that he had the makings of Patrice Evra's long-term successor in a pivotal position.
The appointment of new United manager Louis van Gaal did briefly offer Buttner the chance of a fresh start next season, but with the Netherlands chief never calling on the perennial reserve for an international squad that chance was always slim to say the least.
Evra's eventual successor
United have been consistently linked with a whole host of full-backs over the last 12 months, which means that despite giving the French international fresh terms the chase remains on for Van Gaal to land a key addition in a problem addition.
Shelling out close to £30m for Shaw would be massive and potentially overpriced investement though despite the teenager's immense talent, with an alternative currently right under Van Gaal's nose.
Dutch maestro Daley Blind plays in the same position and was magnificent during Holland's World Cup opener against Spain on Friday night, most notably providing Robin van Persie with the platform to score an astonishing header with a clever, pinpoint through ball.
That display perhaps opened United's eyes to the face there are feasible alternatives to Shaw on the market, but United are playing the waiting game in a bid to ensure they get the right man at the right price.