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Deal for young defender nearly complete?

A deal to bring Southampton starlet Luke Shaw to Manchester United this summer is all but done according to reports in a series of newspapers today. On Tuesday evening, the Manchester Evening News reported that a deal was 95% complete, not that I understand how they came to that conclusion, but the main basis of the report suggested that the players family were purchasing a house in the Manchester area, which will all but complete the move.

Shaw could become United’s first signing under new manager Louis van Gaal, who was announced shortly before the New York Stock Exchange opened on Monday, which was in line with the rules and regulations for a club trading on that particular market. The announcement of Van Gaal as the permanent replacement of David Moyes gave the clubs supporters something to look forward to this summer, as there would be an even higher chance that the club heavily strengthened their ageing side, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic already leaving, and the future of left-back Patrice Evra still very much up in the air, despite reports that the new manager wants to keep him at the club for a tenth season.

The expected arrival of the 18-year-old could be announced this week according to reports, mostly from Twitter, which is as reliable as a chocolate fireguard most of the time, but with the newspapers suggesting the deal is all but done, you have it in the back of your mind that the club could make an announcement, as Shaw is a player the club would like to secure before the FIFA World Cup in Brazil starts next month.

By Paul Bienkowski

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