Manchester United are understood to have secured the capture of Luke Shaw in a £27 million deal, according to reports.
The Southampton left-back, who is expected to be included in England's World Cup squad on Monday, is set to be rewarded for a fantastic season with a bumper Old Trafford deal, per David McDonnell of the Mirror:
United have reached agreement with Southampton for the signature of the left-back, who has been included in England's World Cup squad.
Personal terms are understood to be a formality between Shaw and United, with the teenager set to treble his wages to £75,000-a-week in a five-year deal.
Shaw's potential move is also reported by Simon Stone and Nabil Hassan of BBC Sport, who report United "are refusing to comment," while the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson and John Percy believe Shaw "is on the brink of becoming one of the most expensive teenagers and full-backs in football history."
Howard Nurse of BBC Sport also confirmed the news of a bid via his colleague Dan Roan:
Les Reed, Southampton's football director, previously suggested no player has been given permission to speak to other clubs, per the Southern Daily Echo:
Reports that we are about to close deals on certain players are totally misinformed, misleading and are not true. No club has been given permission to talk to any of our players so reports that some of our players are in the process of negotiating stellar transfer fees or contracts are absolutely misinformed and inaccurate.
United's interest in Shaw has been long-standing. Although Chelsea are also said to be considering a move for the 18-year-old, per Gary Jones of the Mirror, the situation is right for the Red Devils to secure one of English football's most exciting talents.
Chelsea are consciously battling UEFA's financial fair play rules. Jose Mourinho—who needs a new striker, per BBC Sport—is unlikely to want to spend such a hefty sum on a left-back. Cesar Azpilicueta has performed admirably in the position this year, and right now, Ashley Cole remains at the club.
Shaw's second season of Premier League football was a success. He made 35 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's side, assisted one goal, and he showed the kind of ambition United expect from their full-backs, per WhoScored.com. His pace and energy down the left side ensured the Saints stretched many Premier League opponents, allowing Shaw the space to mobilise his crafty dribbling skills.
The youngster performed admirably against Adnan Januzaj, his possible future team-mate, during Southampton's last game of the season. Although Shaw needs to work on defensive positioning, his qualities would slot straight into the United line-up. Patrice Evra posted a poor campaign, one riddled with laziness and personal mistakes, suggesting his time could be up.
United are expected to announce their new manager this week, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror. It seems the potential Shaw deal follows on from David Moyes' era, but despite not currently possessing a permanent boss, United fans will be more than pleased to land the promising starlet.
Shaw is exactly the type of signing needed at this time of transition for the club. His energy, enthusiasm and willingness to improve can drive United toward future success, starting with Champions League qualification.
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