The BBC supported Jamie Jackon’s reports that United’s £27m bid for Shaw was rejected which would indicate a deal has not yet been agreed and still has to be finalised.
Filipe Luis’ agent has confirmed to ESPN that Chelsea are interested in signing him which is good news for United as they were the main competition for Shaw’s signature, and what United need to do now is pull the cheque book out.
Southampton are doing what every club will do to United this summer – they are squeezing us for as much money as possible. We are in a very weak position after last season and clubs know the nest egg we are sitting on, so you’d be surprised if any club accepted a first offer from United.
That being said, Southampton’s position has been weakened with the departure of Pochettino, so we need to strike while the iron is hot.
If £27m isn’t enough for Shaw, give Southampton what they want. Adding £3m on to make it £30m is small change in the grand scheme of things and if it means we secure our primary left-back target, then it’s a bit of a no brainer really.
Dragged out negotiations are two a penny at United these days but if we were willing to cough up £27m for Marouane Fellaini, it’s no surprise that Southampton want more for one of the most promising English footballers in the Premier League.
This summer is not about tightening the pursestrings and finding value in the market, it’s about securing the signings that will rejuvenate the team and it would be ludicrous for United to miss out on signing Shaw over a few million if we were already prepared to offer £27m.