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Manchester United are ready to buy Southampton left-back Luke Shaw for £27 million, per Jeremy Wilson and John Percy at The Telegraph.
For £27 million, United probably would be able to sign Ajax left-back/central midfielder Daley Blind and PSV Eindhoven left-back Jetro Willems and still have around £8 million to £12 million left.
Yes, it is a long-term investment, but it is a ridiculous amount of pressure to heap on the shoulders of Shaw, an 18-year-old.
Unlike signing Wayne Rooney from Everton in 2004 for £27 million, the then-18-year-old was a match-winner, whereas Shaw is a left-back with world-class potential.
It sets a dangerous precedent for United in transfer negotiations.
Hypothetically, let's say in the next five years, United are in talks to sign a German Wunderkind centre-forward.
The fee could be £50 million since United were willing to sign a left-back for £27 million in 2014.