Manchester United have identified Luke Shaw as a key summer signing, with fervent speculation suggesting that the club have agreed an initial deal to sign the Southampton left-back.
According to The Daily Mirror, the Red Devils - who drew 1-1 with the Saints on Sunday to bring the curtain down on a truly miserable season - have reached an agreement to sign Shaw for £25 million, with only personal terms left to be decided.
However, the same reports suggest that those talks are not likely to prove difficult, with Shaw set to net a five-year deal at Old Trafford on wages of £75,000-per-week.
Such a deal is presumably likely to disappoint Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, with the Blues - the club that Shaw supported as a boy - also believed to have been in pursuit of his signature with Ashley Cole likely to depart Stamford Bridge this summer.
Indeed, Shaw's obvious allegiance to Chelsea gave the initial impression that they would likely come out on top in any battle for his services, however it appears that Manchester United have moved swiftly to ensure that they do not miss out.
The 2013/14 Premier League campaign was a mightily impressive one from Shaw's perspective, with the 18-year-old becoming an ever-present for Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino and further establishing himself as one of the top-flight's most-gifted young talents.
Indeed, such form could be rewarded handsomely with England this summer, with Ashley Cole's reported omission from the Three Lions' World Cup squad and subsequent retirement from international football paving the way for Shaw to compete with Leighton Baines for that first-choice left-back spot in Brazil.
Manchester United will obviously be hoping that Shaw - who has appeared in 35 Premier League games this season - is able to carry on his remarkably consistent form, particularly with Patrice Evra approaching the end of his current deal with the club.
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