According to BBC Sport, England full-back Luke Shaw informed Southampton on the final day of the Premier League season of his desire to join Manchester United.
The report states that the 18-year-old defender spoke to the Saints hierarchy at an event held at a hotel following the 1-1 home draw with United on 11 May, before which, the Red Devils had already tested the club’s resolve with a bid worth £27 million.
Shaw proved his ability throughout the past campaign, enjoying a fruitful season as his club recorded a very respectable 8th place finish.
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He featured on 35 occasions for the St. Mary's outfit, clocking up just under 3000 minutes in, what has effectivley become, his break-through season. He displayed his ability to both attack and defend during this time, registering an 84% tackles success rate, whilst providing 34 scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Shaw was named as one of the six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He was also selected as left back in the PFA Team of the Year; a fine achievement considering how inexperienced he really is. Despite being just 18 years of age, he appears to have all the qualities it takes to make it as a Manchester United player.
The club’s need for a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra provides a unique opportunity for the youngster, whose arrival at Old Trafford would see him receive regular game time, whilst learning from a fantastic mentor.
Manchester United would have been fully aware of Shaw’s desire to make the switch to Old Trafford, increased media attention should only serve to intensify speculation and perhaps force a deal to be completed faster.
Southampton will only sell if the circumstances are right, but a deal worth £30 million, or more, should prove fairly persuasive.