Manchester United have conceded defeat in their attempts to lower Southampton’s asking price for Luke Shaw, and will now pay £34million in order to take him to Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Mirror the England full-back, who is line for his first start at a major tournament when the Three Lions take on Costa Rica in their dead-rubber match tonight, is greatly desired by Louis van Gaal, who wants chief executive Ed Woodward to wrap up a deal as soon as he returns from his managerial position with Holland in Brazil.
It’s rumoured that £34million is what United will pay for the services of Shaw, despite the fact that he is only 18-years-old. That sum would be enough to make him the most expensive teenager in world football, eclipsing the previous record held by Wayne Rooney. There’s no doubt that many will question the idea of Van Gaal sanctioning such a colossal figure for a left-back with relatively limited experience at the highest level, but with Southampton under no pressure to accept any proposals, the Dutchman isn’t really left with much choice. This follows the Saints rejecting a bid of £27million last month, having made it abundantly clear that they will not do business for anything less than their valuation.
REPLACING PATRICE EVRA
The Mirror goes onto state that while Patrice Evra has been afforded a new one year deal, Shaw’s arrival will herald a changing of the guard with respects to the left-back position. With United being forced into such a lucrative deal it makes sense to assume that they will be ready to give their newest recruit plenty of game-time and with Alexander Buttner all but set to be shipped to Dinamo Moscow, the battle for the starting XI spot will only be fought by two men. Evra’s age means that Shaw is likely to get the nod more often than not, though the Frenchman’s experience could see him starting the most vital clashes.
As well as the £34million price tag it’s believed that Shaw has been offered a healthy £100,000-a-week contract, which reports yesterday claimed he has already agreed to. Once again United fans may balk at the notion of a full-back with only 60 appearances to his name in England’s top flight being handed such a deal, but it would appear that money really isn’t an issue to the Glazers as they look to restore their club to its former glory.
OTHER TRANSFER TARGETS
Once Van Gaal clinches the capture of Shaw his next port of call will almost certainly be the acquisition of a top quality midfielder. Plenty of names are said to be on his wish list, and the treasury is more than prepared to take a beating in order to ensure success next term, though it remains to be seen whether or not the lack of Champions League football will stand in their way of getting their hands on big targets. Toni Kroos, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira all find themselves firmly on the Old Trafford radar.