Over the past three years, the Old Trafford faithful have seen deals for the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Thiago Alcantara, Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura come close to completion only to collapse at the last hour.
Shaw’s potential transfer appears to be having a similar ending. Last week it was reported, the deal to bring Shaw to United was “all but done”. The Red Devils had reportedly submitted a bid of £27 million for the 18-year-old and the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden had even sensationally claimed that Shaw’s transfer to United was “as good as done”. The England international had even started looking for a house in Manchester.
But things soon changed as David Luiz was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a record breaking fee of £50 million and Tottenham Hotspur signed Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Luiz’s sale meant Chelsea were freed up funds to enter the race for Shaw, who is seen by Jose Mourinho as a replacement for the outgoing Ashley Cole. Being a childhood Chelsea fan, Shaw will surely fancy a move to Stamford Bridge.
In addition, Pochettino’s arrival at Spurs means the latter have become another club interested in signing Shaw. The Argentine can easily persuade Shaw to join him at White Hart Lane, although it is still doubtful whether Daniel Levy will shell out nearly £30 million for an 18-year-old defender. Shaw described Pochettino as a “great manager, great guy and has helped me a lot” and Gary Pallister believes Spurs could hijack United's move.
The Sunday World's Kevin Palmer has confirmed that United hold the only formal bid for Shaw. Chelsea and Spurs are yet to officially enter the race. But they have time. From what it seems, United’s offer has not been accepted by either Southampton or Shaw. The latter himself is concentrating on the World Cup at present and will decide his future after the spectacle in Brazil.
Some reports suggest, Shaw might stay at Southampton after all. He is just 18 and has developed into an intentional star with the Saints. It could be too soon for him to leave the club and Southampton don't need to sell him anyway.
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the club have no need to offload Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana this summer. http://t.co/WoZFsnCBbl— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 29, 2014
So to put things into perspective, United are not really the favorites for Shaw’s signature anymore, that’s obvious. Chelsea and Spurs have entered the race and both will provide enticing offers to Shaw. It's up to the player to decide now, what he wants to do.