Manchester United open bidding for Luke Shaw - report

The Southampton youngster may have played his last game against his future employers in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

Sky Sports sources are reporting news of a £27 million bid from Manchester United for Southampton teenager Luke Shaw.

The young left-back, who is hoping to make the plane to Brazil with England, has had a sensational season at the South Coast club and started against United as the Saints impressed once again in a 1-1 draw. He was withdrawn in the 80th minute while on a yellow card, and if the reports come to any fruition, it looks like the match at St Mary's may be the 18-year-old's last.

United have been on the lookout for a new left-back for at least a year, and with Patrice Evra's contract due to expire in the summer, it seems as though they have chosen the man to replace him.

Shaw is one of the most highly sought after youngsters in Britain, having been repeatedly linked to the biggest clubs in the Premier League over the last 12 months. Chelsea have also been strongly linked with the youngster, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have been credited with an interest at one point or another. Whether any of these sides now enter the bidding process may decide the likelihood of Shaw's move to Old Trafford, as well as any possible transfer fee.

In March this year Shaw became a full England international, making his debut against Denmark in a 1-0 win. He replaced Chelsea veteran Ashley Cole in that game, and is rumoured to be about to take the Blues star's seat in England's World Cup squad.

The loss of Shaw, who has made 35 league appearances this season, would be a blow for Southampton, who have just equalled their best ever finish in the Premier League, though a fee close to £30 million may sweeten the news somewhat. The Saints have a history of producing outstanding young British footballers, with Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just a few of those that have gone on to multi-million pound moves.

There is no official comment from either club, with United still yet to announce their new manager despite speculation Louis van Gaal has already agreed to take the job.

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