National daily newspaper the Daily Mail is predicting that Luke Shaw’s move to Manchester United is imminent.
The teenage left-back has long been linked with an Old Trafford switch and new boss Louis van Gaal seems to be just as impressed with the England international as the man he replaces, David Moyes.
Shaw has been touted as the natural successor to Patrice Evra in the Manchester United first team and United have made no secret of the fact they are happy to pay a big fee and arrange a big personal package to get the deal done.
“Luke Shaw's £27million move to Manchester United from Southampton - should go through in the next few days,” predicts and reports the Mail.
Shaw’s representatives seem to have been working away hard on the terms and conditions of the transfer with United officials, as the youngster is involved with England preparing for the World Cup in Brazil.
Should the deal go through as the Mail’s report suggests then Shaw will have the opportunity to progress under a coach who has won major pieces of silverware all over Europe.
Shaw was put in a difficult position through the decision of Mauricio Pochettino to go to Tottenham Hotspur because the Argentine was one of the main reasons he may have considered staying at the South coast club.
There have been reports which have suggested Shaw could follow Pochettino to White Hart Lane, but Spurs don’t have the same financial resources to be able to compete with United in such a big deal on the open market.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that United are trying to wrap this deal up quickly because the World Cup provides a number of potential obstacles.
If Shaw plays well, impresses and is consistent when given a chance at the tournament, the number of sides interested in him will significantly increase if United can’t get a deal done swiftly as the Mail suggests.
There is also the chance of injury, which means United would be forking out a huge wad of cash for an injured player, should Shaw pick up a problem in Brazil.
However, United are in the driving seat and regardless of these possible problems, they stand a great chance of getting the deal done.