Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Luke Shaw, Marco Reus and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Luke Shaw of Southampton controls the ball under pressure from Michael Williamson of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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The news of David Moyes' sacking as manager of Manchester United will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the team's summer transfer window, including the plans that had already been laid out and the potential free agents who may want to rethink their decision to leave the club.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the latest transfer rumours surrounding the Red Devils.


Luke Shaw

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United are reported to have a deal in place for highly rated youngster Shaw, which would see the Southampton back move to Manchester for £30 million, per The Guardian's Jamie Jackson.

On top of that large transfer fee, the club are planning on making the left-back the highest-paid teenager in all of English football:

Manchester United are convinced a £30m deal to buy Luke Shaw on a £100,000 a-week salary is virtually complete in what is viewed as a major coup over Chelsea, with the sacked David Moyes largely responsible for convincing the Southampton left-back to spurn the club he supports.

The prospective transfer would make Shaw English football's highest ever paid teenager and provides a boost for United in the wake of the Scot's departure as the club embark on finding his replacement ahead of a summer in which they are intent on a spend of up to £150m on rebuilding the squad.

David Moyes is being credited as the mastermind behind the move, making this perhaps his last contribution as the club's manager. Chelsea were rumoured to be front-runners for the youngster's signature, as the player is known to be a Blues supporter, perhaps explaining the large wages Shaw would be earning with the Red Devils.

Now Football believes the transfer fee mentioned is truly spectacular for a player so young:  

While a transfer fee of £30 million and wages reported to be as high as £100,000 per week might seem excessive for a relatively unproven player, Shaw's potential has been on display all season long.

Often compared to Gareth Bale, the transfer fee could prove to be a bargain if the youngster's ceiling turns out to be anywhere near that of the Welshman.

Bale started out as a left-back with Southampton and made the move to a top club at an early age, similar to Shaw. Tottenham saw his tremendous athleticism and continuous offensive contributions and moved the youngster farther up the pitch, with the Welsh international eventually developing into the world-class winger now playing for Real Madrid.

Shaw has the same kind of superhuman athleticism and is already more technically advanced than Bale was at a similar age, and while he too would undoubtedly thrive in a more advanced role, England's lack of a true-class left-back outside of Everton's Leighton Baines will give Shaw ample opportunities to develop into one of the world's finest at the position.

Given the uncertainty surrounding who United's next manager will be, there's a chance it could yet be a while before any signing of Shaw is made official. But it looks as if the youngster will be playing in Manchester next season.


Marco Reus

Martin Meissner

Jan Aage Fjortoft appears convinced the Borussia Dortmund star will be going nowhere this summer, as he shared some of the details surrounding the player's release clause:

Fjortoft went on to clarify to fans the release clause will not become active until 2015, making it highly unlikely the player would be moved this summer as his club look to continue building their squad.

Reus has been linked with a move to United for a while now, and just last week, Metro reported former teammate Mario Goetze claimed Reus was very keen on becoming a Red Devil:

"When I was at Borussia, Marco wanted a move to Manchester United. This hasn’t changed."

Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund's current manager, is one of the names that keeps popping up as a potential successor to David Moyes, and it wouldn't be inconceivable for Reus to follow his coach to the Premier League.

But most analysts seem to agree that Klopp will most likely remain in Dortmund in the foreseeable future, and as a result, it would appear Fjortoft may very well be right. Reus seems unlikely to leave the Schwarzgelben anytime soon.


Robin van Persie and Nani

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: In this handout photo provided by Pepsi on April 2, 2014, Robin van Persie is pictured on the set of Pepsi's new global commercial and interactive film, 'NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT', as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign
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Finally, Express' Ben Jefferson claims several Italian media outlets are reporting Italian giants Juventus are planning on selling star midfielder Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain and will use the funds generated in said sale to make a move for Van Persie and Nani, as well as Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

Pogba has quickly become one of the most in-demand players in all of football, with clubs like PSG, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all rumoured to be interested in the French midfielder. PSG's interest is best documented, however, and the French champions would have the funds necessary to pull off such a spectacular move:

Pogba is a highly sought-after talent with both Arsenal and Chelsea just two of several European clubs credited with an interest in the prodigious 21-year-old.

But it is believed that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are willing to pay whatever it takes to bring Pogba back to his homeland.

The Qatari-owned club are not likely to see Juve's £60m asking price as a significant disincentive if it means signing a player of Pogba's substantial promise as they continue to pursue the aim of winning the Champions League.

The Bianconeri have tried their very best all season to warn off potential suitors, but according to Jefferson, the club could now be interested in using the reported £60 million transfer fee to bring in several former transfer targets, specifically Van Persie and Nani.

Given the financial state of Italian football, however, it seems unlikely the club would be interested in replacing one of the most exciting young talents in all of football with two aging players carrying high wage demands.

Scott Heppell

Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have performed admirably at the striker position, and the likes of Ciro Immobile and Domenico Berardi figure to be the future of the club up front.

Antonio Conte still prefers his 3-5-2, which doesn't suit the Portuguese winger's playing style, and the coach would most likely invest in a younger player than Nani, who hasn't been very productive for the Red Devils in a long time.

Pogba may very well end up in the French capital this summer, but the idea Juventus would use those funds to move for the likes of Nani and Van Persie appears to be no more than wishful thinking at this point.



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