Manchester United’s pursuit of Luke Shaw has been well publicised and lengthy but the club has finally managed to tempt the teenage left-back into an Old Trafford switch.
The deal will be criticised by some if Shaw doesn’t make an instant impact at United because reports suggest the club are paying £27 million up front, which could rise to £34 million once add-ons have been accounted for.
Shaw is definitely one of the best left-back prospects in the Premier League and someone who could be in United’s back four for the next ten years.
The initial framework of talks appears to have been started during the David Moyes era but the fact Louis van Gaal appears to have urged the club to push on and complete the signing is a tribute to the player’s potential.
How Shaw reacts to the pressure of playing for Manchester United is something that all of the club’s supporters will be eager to see next season.
It’s a huge season coming up for the club in plenty of ways.
The fact United finished last season without any European football puts them under pressure to at least get into the top four of the Premier League.
The sponsors won’t settle for another season outside the Champions League in 2015/2016 so Shaw has to be right at the top of his game when he’s used by LvG heading into the new season.
Southampton have to be applauded for the development of the player so far and the way they have handled themselves in the transfer market.
The Saints always maintained that any club looking to sign Shaw would have to pay big to get him and Ronald Koeman should have plenty of cash to improve the squad heading into next season.
It’s now over to Shaw to win the mini battle against Patrice Evra and show LvG why he deserves to be in the side ahead of the Frenchman.
Here’s what United fans have made of the Shaw deal on Twitter.
I'm happy #mufc have finally signed someone but 60 million seems quite a lot for Shaw and Herrera!— Sam Ryan (@samueljryan) June 27, 2014
I'm Not Objecting The Signing Of Luke Shaw, He'll Definitely Be A Good Signing, But Isn't He Overpriced? Seriously? £30M For Fullback? OH...— Chicharito's Zone (@14ChicharitoID) June 27, 2014
Imagine signing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in successive days, whilst your manager is out in Brazil winning a World Cup.— (@TeamToDieFor) June 26, 2014
I agree that Shaw’s price is inflated but United have paid over the odds for players who they get 10+years of service and Shaw is one— ManUnitedDaily (@ManUnitedDaily) June 26, 2014
Those moaning about Shaw’s price tag would moan more if we didn’t pay it & one of our rivals did— Joe (@JoeTaylor84) June 26, 2014
Lol. Chelsea fans now suddenly saying Shaw is overrated, he's not good enough, and comparing his price with their defense. Guess we're back.— Rohit. (@TheUnitedGuy_) June 26, 2014
£27M rising to £31M based on trophies etc is a brilliant price for Luke Shaw. I thought United would end up paying £34-35M or more!— Red (@ThatBoyGiggsy) June 26, 2014
Luke shaw, another great signing; £30m for a player who could be our LB for the next 15 years is well worth it— average guy (@jackcoleman97) June 26, 2014
people laughing off Luke Shaw at 30 mil as Carroll-esque. just as likely to be another Ferdinand. could be a great signing.— Joe Clement (@JoeClem) June 26, 2014
Yes luke shaw is over priced but his talent is unreal hes showed it and can develop great signing #talent— NayurArjan :) (@OneNayur) June 26, 2014
When Rio signed for united i thought great signing. young. champions league experience....luke shaw 30 million huh— Poets Corner (@PoetsCornerUK) June 26, 2014
Although Shaw is a great signing, I do think United have payed way too much.— Alfie (@NoAzpiNoParty) June 26, 2014
Some people doubting £30 mil fees for Luke Shaw, on the other hand Rio was a great signing at roughly the same amount.— Soheb Maredia (@VanGaaled) June 26, 2014
Shaw is a great signing for united regardless of the fee , that's your fullback sorted for 10-15 years easily.— Sean Lawson (@SeanyLawson) June 26, 2014