Manchester United Transfer News: Luke Shaw Talks Open, Latest on Edinson Cavani

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

VALE DO LOBO, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL - MAY 21:  Manager Roy Hodgson talks with Luke Shaw during a training session at the England pre-World Cup Training Camp at the Vale Do Lobo Resort on May 21, 2014 in Vale Do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Manchester United look set to continue their pursuit of Southampton's Luke Shaw, with local radio confirming talks between the Saints and Red Devils will resume on Friday. 

BBC Solent Sport confirmed on their Twitter feed:

United's courting of the player has been in the public domain for weeks and dates back to David Moyes' failed tenure at the club.

Louis van Gaal hopes to complete the capture of Shaw after the World Cup for a reported fee of £27 million, as reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph. 

However, former United defender Gary Pallister expressed his fears to TalkSport that the player would now follow his former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham. 

Pallister said:

He [Pochettino] has that relationship with him already. I heard Shaw saying how delighted he was to play for him and what he has done for his game. It could be a spanner in the works for United, who were said to be close to doing a deal for Shaw. If you have got that personal insight into a player and that personal relationship, it gives you an added advantage.

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David Lynch of The Manchester Evening News believes Shaw's recent Twitter activity shows that some kind of deal is in the pipeline, with the young England player now following prominent United figures on the social media platform. 

Shaw had a fantastic season for Southampton and established himself as the club's primary left-back, playing 35 times in the Premier League last year, per Squawka.

Another area United need to improve is their attack, and 101 Great Goals translates a report from L'Equipe claiming that striker Edinson Cavani has rejected United's advances due to the club lacking Champions League football next season. 

The L’Equipe report says the Paris Saint-Germain player will remain in France for his immediate future after holding talks with the club. 

Cavani has played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in recent times but it appears he will continue with PSG in a wide attacking position. 


However, one player desperate to move to Old Trafford is Dutch starlet Memphis Depay. The PSV Eindhoven winger telling his agent he is open to a move to play for Van Gaal, per Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star. 

The 20-year-old will represent Netherlands at the World Cup and a good tournament could see his value explode. 

Despite all of the speculation, Shaw is the player that United need. Patrice Evra might have signed up to play for the Reds for an additional season, but Shaw is threatening to become one of the best left-backs in the world.

Comparisons with Gareth Bale are unfair on the player at this time but the similarities are indeed there to be observed.

United missed out on Bale once upon a time and that lesson became a hard one to learn. Shaw would give United true legacy in a position that has been an issue for a few seasons now.

Evra would be a good back-up for the youngster as he settles in at Old Trafford and will aid Van Gaal's transitional period at the club when he takes the reins after the World Cup. 

At £27 million, the price may appear to be steep, but his future value could be worth more than double that with the way the global transfer market has evolved in recent years.