Contradictory reports have emerged regarding Luke Shaw’s potential transfer to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
United’s decision to renew Patrice Evra’s contract means Shaw could be a back-up to the France international, but the Englishman will want to be a starter at whichever club he goes to. Moreover, the decision to extend Evra’s contract, as per Jackson, could be a “recognition from United that the 20-times champions could yet miss out on Shaw”.
The delay in Shaw’s decision has also given Chelsea the momentum and the Blues could leapfrog United in the race for the signature of the England international.
Add Luke Shaw to the list of Herrera, Fabregas, Kroos, Thiago & Baines. ANOTHER failure from the #MUFC board to close a deal. Deja Vu.— Ben (@no12indiecolts) May 23, 2014
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Shaw’s situation but don’t want to match Southampton’s asking price for the youngster and United’s wage package.
However, Shaw could prefer a move to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho can guarantee him a first-team spot. David Luiz and Ashley Cole are departing, so Branislav Ivanovic may shift back to the centre-back spot and Cesar Azpilicueta could return to his more natural a right-back position. This will leave the left-back slot empty for Shaw. Not to forget, the latter has been a lifelong Chelsea fan.
Nonetheless, the Daily Telegraph’s Mark Ogden sensationally claimed on MUTV on Friday that United are closing in on a deal for Shaw and the journalist expects the Saints’ teenager to join the Red Devils this summer.
“I expect Luke Shaw to move to Manchester United at some point,” he is quoted as saying.
Ogden correctly broke the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and hence, his quotes cannot be taken lightly.
What happens next will be interesting.
If United miss out on Shaw, it will be a recurring pattern like last season: target a world-class player, come close to signing him and then, somehow, lose the player to another club.
As Paul Scholes said, Ed Woodward has an “awful lot to prove”. If United's executive vice-chairman is unable to tie up a deal for Shaw, he will face massive stick from the fans and rightly so.
New recruitments are desperately required at Old Trafford and Woodward needs to work hard and bring in the players Louis van Gaal wants.