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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Luke Shaw, Xavi and Wilfried Zaha

Southampton's Luke Shaw during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, in  Birmingham, England, Saturday, April 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Manchester United's rumour mill is working overdrive already. Luke Shaw and Xavi's names are currently being suggested for an Old Trafford move, while Wilfried Zaha has provided an honest selection of comments surrounding his future at the club.

Here, we detail the latest news on all three players.

 

Latest on Manchester United's Potential Transfer Activity

In: Luke Shaw, Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  (L-R) Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United and Luke Shaw of Southampton challenge for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Southam
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Reports continue to swell surrounding the transfer of Shaw. According to Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, the newly announced World Cup attendee "will sign" ahead of the summer's tournament for £27 million:

"Shaw expects to get first-team football at Old Trafford and that clinched the deal, even though United have yet to name their new manager," writes Samuel. "A powerful attacking asset, Shaw will replace France defender Patrice Evra."

Shaw's transfer may receive additional haste after Roy Hodgson confirmed he isn't willing to stand for distractions in the England camp. The Three Lions boss suggested he will ban agents from mingling with players during the tournament and hopes to see the club future of his squad ironed out before heading to a pre-tournament camp in America:

"I was asked would you like all of this to be sorted before you go to Miami. Of course I would," said Hodgson, via John Cross of the Mirror.

 

In: Xavi, Barcelona

United have needed to freshen up their midfield options since well before Sir Alex Ferguson left. Humorously, 34-year-old Xavi is the latest star to be touted with a chance at doing just that. Anne-Marie Bojan of the Mirror highlighted the rumour:

Spanish superstar Xavi is reportedly being monitored by Manchester United, but they also face competition from rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.

The 34-year-old is said to be after one final big move in his career, despite being under contract at Barca for another two seasons.

Although removing Xavi from Barcelona has always seemed a fruitless task, Louis van Gaal's expected appointment as United boss could give the link significant weight, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. Having previously worked with Xavi, the Dutchman's potential regime at Old Trafford could throw up something of an exciting prospect for the Spaniard who isn't having the best of seasons at the Camp Nou.

Bojan's report indicates Manchester City and Arsenal are also interested in the era-defining midfielder, but as ever, suggestions of Xavi calling time on his Barca career seem far-fetched. He is a key player in the Blaugrana's transitional period and maintains an important leadership role at the club.

 

Out: Wilfried Zaha

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Cardiff City's Wilfried Zaha of Cardiff misses the target during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03, 2014  in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Richa
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United fans may have forgotten about Zaha, the man who has suffered limited opportunities since signing for the club in January 2013. Newcastle are once again reported to be interested in the powerful winger, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, but recent comments made by the player could halt any such deal.

Zaha confirmed he was never trusted by David Moyes, something he found "tough" and "frustrating," per Charlie Wyett of the Sun (subscription required) and via ESPN:

I hope whoever comes in will let me give it my best. I hope to still have a future there. I will go in for pre-season and give my best. Had the manager stayed, I am not sure if that would have been the case. I have four years left on my contract at United. Had Moyes stayed I would have had to think about some other options.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Wilfried Zaha of Cardiff City and Stephane Sessegnon of West Brom compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City at The Hawthorns on March 29, 2014 in West Bro
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At 21 years old, Zaha has plenty of time to impress. He will need to work extremely hard under the new boss and prove his worth above wingers such as Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani, who can all be easily ousted with a burst of form.

United fans will be looking toward the squad's younger contingent for inspiration across the coming season. Players such as Zaha, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling need to consistently highlight their qualities if they are to be deemed worthy of a lengthy tenure at the club.

Signing Shaw would only add to the feeling of major change at the Theatre of Dreams. United's last summer, and indeed season, was defined by inadequacies, mistakes and regret. This needs to be quickly forgotten heading into the new campaign, which begins with plenty of activity in the transfer market.

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