United’s interest in Shaw has been growing all season and we showed real intent by immediately putting in a strong bid for him after the final game of the season.
However, Southampton are standing firm that Shaw won’t be leaving St. Mary’s this summer.
“United have been told by Southampton that Shaw is not for sale but they are still confident of securing the left-back’s transfer, with Southampton’s stance viewed as a bargaining position,” The Guardian’s report stated.
In contrast, Mark Ogden from The Telegraph has reported that Southampton are yet to respond to the offer.
“United, meanwhile, are awaiting a response from Southampton after lodging a bid of £27 million for the club’s England left-back Luke Shaw at the weekend,” Ogden reported.
Meanwhile, ESPN are saying a deal for Shaw is “almost done”.
It is being suggested that Southampton may be holding out for performance related bonuses.
United can ill afford to miss out on targets again by being frugal like we were with Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas, and teams are well aware of that. After the season we have had, every team knows we have to invest and are going to spend big money this summer.
Teams holding out for more money could be a pattern that is repeated all summer. With only four weeks until the start of the World Cup, United’s position in a market saturated by teams wanting quick deals is weak and United may be forced to dig even deeper to secure our main targets.