Fear of broken promises could deny Manchester United £50m swoop

Adam Lallana

Why Manchester United are unlikely to sign both Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, if either.

Manchester United were last week linked with a mega-move for Southampton duo Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.

The price put forward by Talksport was £50 million, with David Moyes reportedly keen on two players who are familiar with the Premier League.

Bringing in a new left-back and further midfield options are certainly likely for United this summer, but to acquire both from Southampton they have their work cut out.

The Saints have been a selling club in recent years, allowing Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to move on.

The difference was then that Southampton were not in the Premier League.

Since then they have moved to assure supporters they will not be allowing their key players to move on.

Now a lot has changed at Southampton in recent months, chairman Nicola Cortese has moved on, replaced by Canadian Ralph Krueger.

Keen to get his tenure off to a good start at the club, selling off two irreplaceable homegrown players, no matter what the price, will not set a positive tone for supporters.

Recent accounts displayed Southampton are £27 million in debt, a similar amount to prices quoted to buy Luke Shaw alone.

Finances may mean that the club permit one of their stars to go, but two - that would certainly be stretching it.

Chelsea are also interested in Luke Shaw, meaning United could come out with none of the players they covet. 

However just last night, The Star insisted United were closing in on the left-back, claiming an exclusive. Yet don't bet on Lallana coming too.

For Southampton, selling off both he and Lallana would send the wrong sporting messages, and with Mauro Pochettino's future the subject of speculation, the last thing the club need is to risk any supporter unrest by backtracking on previous statements about keeping hold of their stars.

For United, the timing is simply wrong. With a new chairman keen to make a good impression, and the World Cup set to over-inflate prices, the chances of them signing both players are slim.

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