Ronald Koeman has agreed a contract to become Southampton’s new manager according to Sky Sports News.
Since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur, the Dutchman’s name has been one of the frontrunners for the vacancy and now that a contract has been agreed, it could pave the way for negotiations with United over Luke Shaw to be completed.
When United submitted a bid for Shaw straight after the end of the season, it looked like we were going to push through a deal for the in-demand 18-year-old before the World Cup but for one reason or another, negotiations were not finalised in time.
Shaw reportedly told his Southampton team-mates at the end of the season that he wanted to move to United but at this stage, a move for Shaw has stalled and fresh reports that United are looking at alternatives such as Ajax’s Daley Blind have emerged.
One major reason why negotiations for Shaw may have stalled was the fact that Southampton were pre-occupied with securing their new manager before agreeing to let him leave. Now that is out of the way, focus can switch back to the futures of some of their current squad such as Shaw and Lallana.
The fact of the matter is that Southampton are unlikely to turn down a £30m bid for Shaw and given that United have had a £27m bid rejected, it is more likely to be the final figure.
With Shaw away on international duty, it would be down to his agent to negotiate a deal but like Cesc Fabregas did with his Chelsea announcement, he could be keen to get it out of the way in order to concentrate on the World Cup.