Manchester United & Chelsea face City battle for £22m starlet

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Manchester United and Chelsea would appear to face a considerable battle to sign Luke Shaw, with The Daily Mirror claiming that Manchester City have joined the race to sign the player.

Southampton left-back Shaw, whose impressive form could see him earn a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, has established himself as one of the Premier League's most-promising young players after flourishing at Southampton under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

Such sparkling and surprisingly mature displays at St. Mary's saw Shaw repeatedly linked with a move away from the South Coast during the recent January transfer window, with Manchester United and Chelsea both said to be keen on signing the 18-year-old defender.

Now it would appear that Manchester City have emerged as serious contenders for the £22 million-rated youngster, with Manuel Pellegrini reportedly keen to sign a new left-back and having identified Shaw as an ideal option to bring to the Etihad Stadium.

Of the three clubs seemingly set to vie for his signature during the summer, it would appear that Manchester United are most in need of Shaw's services.

With French stalwart Patrice Evra's contract at Old Trafford set to expire at the end of the current campaign, it seems incredibly unlikely that current back-up Alexander Buttner will be trusted to fulfill that role by on a long-term basis.

Plus, with suggestions that under-pressure Manchester United boss David Moyes could be given a whopping £200 million to invest this summer, it is surely even more unlikely that his proposed fee will provide too much of a stumbling block.

Chelsea, who currently top the Premier League following last Saturday's last-gasp 1-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge, could also have a void to fill this summer with uncertainly surrounding the future of England international Ashley Cole.

Jose Mourinho could have the advantage over both Manchester City and Manchester United in the race for Shaw, however, with the player having previously revealed his support for the West London outfit.

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