Following one of the most disappointing seasons in club history, the summer of 2014 is widely expected to bring a lot of changes for Manchester United. According to Sky Sports, Southampton's Luke Shaw is set to become one of those changes.
Per Sky Sports' official Twitter account, the Red Devils made an official offer for the highly rated wing-back following the conclusion of the 2013-14 Premier League season on Sunday. The offer is set be worth around £27 million:
The news follows reports from several news outlets earlier in the day describing United as favourites to land the youngster. Goal's Wayne Veysey knew the fact the club currently has no manager in place was no issue:
United are set to press ahead with a bid for Shaw even though Louis van Gaal will shortly be confirmed as the new manager in succession to David Moyes, who had identified the left-back as a key target and had done a lot of the groundwork for a deal.
Chelsea have also registered their interest in the 18-year-old, a boyhood Blues fan whose parents live in the south-west London suburb of Raynes Park, but boss Jose Mourinho has indicated that he is not prepared to make Shaw a regular starter next season.
According to Sky, the club didn't waste any time making their offer once the season was over.
Shaw has been one of the revelations of the season at Southampton, building on his impressive athletic abilities and developing into a strong, dependable all-round defender.
His future could be similar to that of former Southampton star Gareth Bale, however, in that his attacking prowess and pure speed could simply be too great not to be used further up the pitch.
The wing-back is widely expected to be part of England's squad for next month's World Cup, and an impressive performance in that tournament would have pushed the player's transfer value even higher.
And while the youngster might still be very raw, there's no denying the 18-year-old's obvious potential. Shaw looks like he could be the future of the Three Lions on the left wing for the next decade and a half, and as such, it's only logical for United not to want to miss out on the chance to sign him.
The reported price of £27 million is steep, but even if Shaw becomes half the player Bale eventually became, it would still be a great investment.
Southampton will most likely listen to offers from rival clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool in the coming days, but Shaw and United have been linked for such a long time that it seems unlikely he'll end up anywhere else.