Manchester United and Chelsea get £27m transfer boost thanks to huge debt

Are Southampton's financial troubles going to be of help to Manchester United and Chelsea?

Manchester United and Chelsea will be potentially licking their lips at the revelation regarding Southampton's finances.

The BBC reported today that the Saints have an accrued debt of £27 million on unpaid transfer fees, while there is also a substantial figure on their training ground yet to be paid off.

With Southampton having a number of saleable assets, cashing in on their star players is one quick way for the club to solve their problem.

One such star who has been linked to both Manchester United and Chelsea is left-back Luke Shaw.

Reports over the weekend linked United with a deal for Shaw, at £27 million. Coincidence? Or a sign the reports are clued up about the situation and have a genuine chance of being true?

It's a stretch to believe any deal is yet done, with Chelsea themselves waiting in the wings.

Both clubs are in need of a left-back with Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra set to depart, and Shaw would represent a player who can fill the void in the position for a decade if he continues his upwards curve.

Already an England international, he could even keep Cole out of the World Cup squad this summer, and has been a key part of Southampton's solid Premier League campaign.

The news regarding the finances is galling news for Saints fans, who had hoped their club would be able to stay resolute and keep the squad together to build.

For all the good intentions in the world to achieve this aim, the cash flow situation may just make this impossible this summer.

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