Wayne Rooney has praised the acquisition of Luke Shaw from Southampton, with the teenager arriving at Manchester United just 24 hours after the club were able to announce the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
Rooney posted on his official Facebook page: “Welcome also to my England teammate Luke Shaw who has signed for Manchester United. Great addition to the squad!"
The next Gareth Bale?
Shaw becomes a Manchester United player a month after the club had initially registered their interest in signing the left-back, with the final fee agreed reported to be £27 million plus various add-ons. The final fee would appear to be £34 million, while his salary is supposed gargantuan £160,000-per-week.
It has been claimed that Southampton had requested £40 million for the 18-year-old, while Manchester United icon Paul Scholes has questioned the wisdom of paying so much for a player so inexperienced.
The fee is certainly a mind-boggling one, but there is little doubt Shaw will progress to establish himself among the elite performers in European football. Inevitable comparisons with Gareth Bale have been made, and Shaw appears to possess the attributes to eventually move into a more advanced position.
Bale, of course, was a left-sided defender when he left Southampton for Tottenham in 2007, but was one of the most complete attackers in the game by the time he completed a world record transfer to Real Madrid six years later.
Manchester United clearly have faith in Shaw realising his enormous potential, with the outlay on the England international the second highest in their esteemed history. Only Juan Mata, signed for £37.5 million, surpasses the total cost the club will pay if all the Shaw clauses are fulfilled.
This fee would also ensure Shaw becomes the third most expensive defender in transfer history, with Thiago Silva and David Luiz the only players to have been bought for more, with both signed by Paris Saint-Germain.
Shaw wants to win trophies
Shaw told the official club website: “Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is always going to be up there with the best.
"I think the main reason I’ve come here is because United want to win trophies and so do I. As a young lad, I aspired to win trophies.”
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Exciting times ahead
Louis van Gaal may not have even officially started as the successor to David Moyes, but the Netherlands coach already has two notable signings by his name.
There will be other recruits as the summer progresses, of that there is no question, with supreme talents such as Alexis Sanchez and Arjen Robben have been linked, but it may well be that Shaw proves to be the finest signing of them all.