£65 million to be well spent by Manchester United this summer on Carvalho, Shaw?

Luke Shaw

Manchester United are strongly rumoured to be close to sealing deals for £65 million worth of talent as they prepare to rebuild the club after a difficult season.

After being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich last week, manager David Moyes immediately began talking up the club's prospects of signing reinforcements in the summer.

A dangerous tactic perhaps given their failures last summer, but also a statement of intent.

Media reports have subsequently claimed the Red Devils are closing on two deals.

William Carvalho

TalkSport this week claimed United have sealed an agreement to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho worth £35 million. Real Madrid were also linked this week, while previous reports in The People also claimed the Red Devils have all but finalised a deal.

Luke Shaw

24 hours ago it was reported by The Star and The Mail that United have secured an agreement to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton. The left-back is also a target for Chelsea, with a deal touted for £30 million. 

So is it money well spent?

Both Carvalho and Shaw are at early stages of their careers, and on their achievements to date, are yet to illustrate why the huge fee for the two players is good value.

But United are not buying on past achievement, they are looking to the future, and that's exactly where they hope the money will prove an appropriate investment.

Shaw is just 18 and already a full England international, while Carvalho is 22-years-old, and recently won a call-up to Portugal's national team.

The two players will be coming in to solve problem positions in United's team, at left-back and in central midfield.

Shaw has Premier League experience already, and is expected to have little problem adapting, although Carvalho is more of an unknown quantity.

For a player who struggled on loan, often out of position admittedly, in Belgium's Jupiler Pro League last season, the price seems extortionate, but judging on his impact for Sporting Lisbon this campaign alone, it's a little more understandable.

He has propelled the Portuguese side to second in the league, above FC Porto, and has been likened in style to Patrick Vieira, his imposing figure considered well suited to the Premier League.

Both players have the ability to be fixtures in the side for over a decade, and if they do, the money while not insignificant, will be considered to have been very well spent indeed.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch