Manchester City linked with £30m bid for reported Chelsea and United target

Manchester City Etihad 2

Southampton's Luke Shaw could be the subject of a £30million bid from Manchester City, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea.

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton could receive a bid in the region of £30million for highly-rated fullback Luke Shaw – a deal that would eclipse the £29.5million Barcelona paid Sevilla for iconic Brazilian fullback Dani Alves

Luke Shaw, 18, progressed through the Southampton youth ranks before making his first-team debut in early 2012.

The young fullback was reportedly the subject of intense interest from the Premier League’s top clubs, with a figure of £4million in mind. However, fortunately for the Saints, then manager Nigel Adkins saw the player as a big part of the club’s future and claimed the club had no intention of letting him go.

The left-back has been described in the same vein as Gareth Bale, as the Welshman also started his career as an attack-minded defender.

This season,Shaw has started 18 Premier League games, showing his attacking intentions by being the the third most successful dribbler in the Saints' squad – behind England international Adam Lallana and striker Jay Rodriguez.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the player, and with the futures of Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra uncertain, it was a move that would have made sense for either Jose Mourinho or David Moyes.

However, with recent news regarding the possibility of current Manchester City fullback Aleksandar Kolarov returning to Serie A, Shaw is said to have become a transfer target for the Citizens and Manuel Pellegrini’s team are reportedly willing to pay a substantial sum to make the Southampton man their number one left-back for the foreseeable future.

Will Manchester City beat Chelsea and United to the signing of Luke Shaw, or will he be at Southampton for plenty of time yet?

image: © geetarchurchy

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch