Key questions behind Manchester United's staggering £8m a year offer

Luke Shaw

Manchester United are said to agreed personal terms with Luke Shaw, but questions still remain.

A report on Goal.com on Tuesday claimed that the Red Devils want to offer Southampton full-back a staggering £160,000 per week to join the club.

This contradicts claims in The Guardian three weeks ago which claimed the Red Devils would offer £100,000 per week to Shaw, a wage in itself which would make him the highest paid teenager in British football history.

With conflicting reports, and dramatically different figures, it throws up a few interesting questions. Here's a look at five...

Was the Guardian's report incorrect?

Of the two reports, one appears wrong at this point unless United had a change of heart. This could have been for several reasons discussed below. The Guardian report at the time however stated the deal was 'virtually complete', but there has been no movement on it since then.

Was Shaw not convinced?

By all accounts, Shaw's mind has been made up regarding a switch to United, with one report in The Mail claiming he told Southampton at the end of the season of his intention to seize an opportunity to move on. It's highly unlikely he is motivated by money, instead the profile and future prospects United will bring, so the reasoning for United to suddenly up their offer so drastically does not add up.

Is another club bidding?

The possibility of another club being in for Shaw makes the most sense, with regard to United upping their offer. Doing so, to match the terms offered by a competitor is a logical reason for the Red Devils adding an extra £60,000 per year to the salary they were previously claimed to be offering.

Don't Chelsea want Filipe Luis?

The club most prominently linked with rivalling United, is Chelsea, with Shaw a confessed fan of the Blues. However they are poised to sign left-back Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis for close to £18 million, which would rule them out. Tottenham, and the lure of former boss Mauricio Pochettino remain a possibility.

What is Southampton's role?

Did Southampton offer Shaw an improved deal to attempt to convince him to stay? Their stance on the transfer is a conflicting one. They have claimed publicly they do not want to decide on selling until after a new manager is appointed, which could hint that they may refuse to do so if the new boss dictates so. If they still intend to, then they are simply delaying the inevitable and the income of transfer funds for themselves to buy a replacement.

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