Manchester United have completed the signing of Southampton and England left-back - but such headlines are bound to leave a nasty taste in the mouths of Chelsea supporters. After all, the teenager grew up supporting the Blues, and appeared to be the ideal replacement for Ashley Cole.
Shaw’s love for Chelsea was no secret, and you imagine that deep down he was hoping Jose Mourinho would come in with a big offer in order for him to complete a dream move to Stamford Bridge. A big-money transfer to Old Trafford is, of course, not a bad consolation. But at this moment in time he has no emotional connection with the Red Devils.
Chelsea should have paid the money
Manchester United are being criticised by some for over-spending on Shaw. The initial cost of the transfer will set the Red Devils back £27 million, with add-ons bringing the total to a cool £33 million.
Of course, when written down on paper it seems an awful lot of cash to be spending on an 18-year-old full-back. However, there’s an excellent chance that Shaw will be United’s first-choice left-back for up to 15 years. If that’s the case, the Premier League giants will have spent roughly £2.2 million a year for the England international’s services come 2029.
For his age and potential it was a no-brainer, which suggests Mourinho wasn’t convinced about the defender’s quality. The Chelsea boss often gets it right, but in this case he may have made a spectacular error in judgement.
Filipe Luis: 10 years older with less quality?
Chelsea look set to sign Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis - a player 10 years older than Shaw, with arguably less quality and certainly less potential. He has enjoyed a very good season with Atletico Madrid - but then which player from the Vicente Calderon didn’t impress last term? - although in a few years’ time the Blues will be on the lookout for a replacement.
One of Chelsea’s standout performers from the 2013/14 campaign was Cesar Azpilicueta, who played most of the season at left-back after displacing Cole in the first team. The Spaniard, though, is a right-back by trade - and is expected to put pressure on Branislav Ivanovic, who has been linked with a surprise move to Arsenal, next season.
Manchester United strengthened
By pulling out of negotiations to sign Shaw, Chelsea have effectively strengthened Manchester United. The Red Devils would have either stuck with the combination of Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner or resorted to signing a left-back they didn’t regard as being of the same quality as the England starlet.
Of course, clubs shouldn’t sign a player merely to prevent another club from acquiring their services - although it wouldn’t have been the first time Chelsea have been accused of going just that - but since Chelsea needed a new left-back, pulling out of the deal to sign Shaw because of a few extra million pounds must leave the club’s supporters scratching their heads.
Mourinho had the chance to kill two birds with one stone but didn’t take it.
To watch Luke Shaw - the full-back Chelsea should have signed - in action, click play on the video below.