Manchester United have agreed an £85,000 a week deal to bring Southampton’s Luke Shaw to Old Trafford, pending contracts being signed, according to reports close to Southampton.
Securing Shaw before the World Cup would be the perfect way for Manchester United to start the summer transfer window and although £27 million is an astonishing fee for an 18-year-old, especially a left-back, it is more than a fair price given that Shaw could be our left back for over a decade.
Openly a Chelsea fan, Stamford Bridge was always considered the more likely destination for Shaw were he to leave Southampton but these fresh reports suggest otherwise.
Shaw would have his position in the first team guaranteed at United whereas he wouldn’t at Chelsea and that could have played into our hands.
Also, after years of splashing out without a second thought, Chelsea are having to reign in their free spending policy due to FFP rules.
Chelsea would not have sold Juan Mata if they didn’t absolutely have to, regardless of whether he was Jose Mourinho’s first choice player. They needed the money to help balance the books.
Chelsea’s prerogative this summer is at least one new striker and unless they decided to sell one of their biggest players once again to balance the spending again, they may not even be able to fund a bid for Shaw.
Shaw’s arrival would solve one of our problems but with a desperate need for central midfielders, it wouldn’t be the end of the spending in what is likely to be an unprecedented summer of transfers for Manchester United.