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Barcelona on the chase for Luke Shaw this summer, according to reports

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is a transfer target for Barcelona this summer according to The Mirror. The 22-year-old is a player with potential but nearly four years after signing for the Old Trafford club from Southampton, that is all he really is, a player with potential.

During his time at United, Shaw has been criticised by both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, with criticism coming from former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino, currently the manager of Tottenham Hotspur and former England and not Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson. This alone suggests that the player’s inability to kick on is not Mourinho’s problem.

Shaw made his return from that double leg break under the guidance of Mourinho and seemed to have worked his way into the Portuguese manager’s plans but after some not so great performances, which I am sure is not the only reason the player has been criticised, it seems his days at Old Trafford are numbered.

It was stated by Mourinho that Shaw could earn himself a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams, but with 12 months remaining at the end of the season, it would seem more likely that Shaw would leave the club this summer, Barcelona becoming a potential club to hold an interest in the 22-year-old.

It is suggested that the Catalan club are seeking to strengthen the left-back position with Lucas Digne so far failing to dislodge first-choice Jordi Alba in that position and perhaps Barcelona feel Shaw could do just that – keeping the position as strong as their rivals ahead of the new season in which Barcelona could be the defending La Liga champions.

Barcelona reportedly has other options, their first choice being Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba. but he is also wanted by Real Madrid and the potential transfer could become costly – money which Barcelona may not have at this moment in time – even after selling Neymar for nearly £200 million nearly a year ago.

It is being reported by The Sun that United would seek to receive around £28 million for Shaw this summer, whether that is achievable or not, it would seek that Ed Woodward and the club are keen to ensure they do not sell players for less than they feel they are worth, which has been the case at the club for the last decade or more.

United seem to have to pay over the odds to sign a player from another club, so why should United not mark up the cost of players, to their valuations, and demand that the figure is met, or close to that amount. United cannot continue to let other clubs set the prices of players – whether they are overpriced or not. The market is inflated when United buy, so why not when they sell too?

Shaw may have a little time to try and establish himself at United, whether it changes anything or not. He has stayed at the club’s AON Training Complex during the international break to put some more time into his training, which may be to hit back at the criticism, or even prove himself to his teammates and manager.

Whether that changes anything remains to be seen. Shaw could stay at United to run his contract down over the next year and leave on a free when he’s 23, or he could leave this summer. Whether he heads to Barcelona or not remains to be seen also. He may choose to stay in England where he can emerge as that player he was tipped to be or continue to prove his critics right, who knows.

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