Things may be crumbling around Manchester United’s ears with regards to their proposed move for Ander Herrera, but there’s been a silver lining emerge in the shape of Southampton starlet Luke Shaw.
The England left-back told reporters that he was confident of retaining his place in the national setup, regardless of whether or not he played Champions League football next season, which the Daily Star have taken as a hint that he is ready to move to Old Trafford this summer. The youngster is one of Louis van Gaal’s top targets for the summer, and will undoubtedly be pursued with strong interest.
Despite the fact that United have retained the services of Patrice Evra they remain in the hunt for a new left-sided defender as they look to solidify the position moving forward. Certain reports speculated earlier this week that Shaw had already agreed a contract, though the fact that Southampton appeared to up their asking price puts the credibility of that notion into doubt.
In other United news there’s been significant headway made concerning the capture of Arturo Vidal, as it’s claimed Juventus are bracing themselves for an offer worth around £27million from Old Trafford. The Chilean midfielder is seen as the ideal addition to United’s midfield, and Italian sources expect a stern transfer wrangle to take place for his services.
The Chilean international is enjoying an incredibly impressive World Cup in Brazil, but sees his domestic future up in the air following rumours that Juventus could part ways with him for the right price. Having established himself as one of the top talents on the continent he ticks all the boxes for Van Gaal, but United's lack of Champions League football could be a possible obstacle.
Elsewhere the Red Devils remain confident of landing the aforementioned Herrera, despite the fact that Athletic Bilbao today released a statement on their website stating that they had rejected United’s advances, which is in direct contrast to reports yesterday speculating that the player was on the verge of completing a switch.
The worldwide web was inundated with articles yesterday which claimed the Basque-born midfielder was on the verge of finalising a move to Old Trafford, having verbally agreed a £9million contract and completed a medical. One again those reports will now be thrown into doubt as Bilbao appeared to state that they had rejected an offer of €36million for Herrera, and it's thought they will resist selling him until next week when his buyout clause significantly increases.