Manchester United will have to wait until they have appointed a new manager before they can secure any deal for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, according to the Daily Mail—with the youngster wanting assurances about his status at the club.
Shaw has been strongly linked with a £30 million move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but the uncertain managerial situation could yet throw a spanner into the works—and allow other suitors back into the race.
The Mail reports:
Manchester United's top summer target Luke Shaw won't agree to a move to Old Trafford until he knows the identity of the club's next manager.
Despite the confidence of Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward in securing the services of 18-year-old Shaw, the player is determined he will not be railroaded into a quick decision about his future with so much uncertainty at United following this week's dramatic dismissal of David Moyes.
Shaw, who made his England debut against Denmark in March, is valued at £30million by Southampton and is at the centre of a summer tug-of-war between six of Europe's biggest clubs - Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
But the youngster, who grew up a Chelsea fan, wants to be assured of a regular first-team place at his next club - which must come from the manager rather than a board of directors.
However, Southampton's executive director Les Reed has denied any negotiations for Shaw have even begun, insisting the club are determined to keep hold of all their major assets.
He said (per the Daily Express):
No club has been given permission to talk to any of our players. That will remain so.
We want to retain the players we've got. They are all contracted. They all have existing contracts and we intend for them to honour those contracts.
Any enquiries we get will probably be met with a 'no, not for sale'. Our intention is to keep this very good team together and build on it by bringing new players to improve on that.