United may have been linked with a move for Luke Shaw, but it won't happen.
Paper-talk...speculation...a jumble of potential truths and white lies – however you look at transfer rumours at this time of year, one thing is certain: the ratio of likely to impossible is weighted strongly in favour of the latter.
The latest is the story linking Luke Shaw with a £10million move to Manchester United.
The 18-year-old Southampton left-back is one of English football’s brightest defensive prospects. So it is no surprise the likes of United and Chelsea are reportedly interested. And yet a quick glance at recent history and a likely future renders the rumour all but obsolete.
After signing a new five-year deal last season, Shaw put to bed the speculation linking him with a move to one of the so-called big boys.
After putting pen to paper following his 18th birthday, the player said, “I’m very pleased to have finally signed it.
“I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my future, but all of the Saints fans will have known that I committed my future in January.
“I’ve been here since I was eight and I’ve loved every single moment of it. I want to stay at this club, and signing this contract means I’m here for another five years.”
In an age when players so often keep quiet, when their intentions are guessed at rather than known, Shaw painted a pretty clear picture of his future.
And such is the way the Saints have begun the new season – both in games and in business – that the teenager would be crazy to leave now.
Among its other purposes, transfer speculation is as much a football tactic as anything else; a way to force others into decisions, to show – truthfully or otherwise – that an actual target is not a club’s only choice...even when they are.
However much David Moyes may admire Shaw’s talent, in this case it is far more likely to be a ploy to push the Leighton Baines deal through.
Because if he really does want Shaw...it appears he is wasting his time.
What do you think the future holds for Luke Shaw?
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