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England defender secured in second summer statement

Manchester United have confirmed that they have signed Luke Shaw from Southampton. The England left-back, who has a good season with his former club, was taken to Brazil as part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the FIFA World Cup. England were knocked out of the competition after two matches and Shaw made his first tournament appearance in the final game against Costa Rica earlier this week. England returned home on Wednesday after bowing out. The rumours have been rife with Shaw this summer and it was hoped that the deal would have been completed before the World Cup.

On Thursday, United signed Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao in a deal worth €36 million. Later on Thursday evening, it was reported that Shaw was on his way to Manchester, where he would undertake a medical to complete his move to the Old Trafford club. United supporters have been waiting for some signings this summer, but the FIFA World Cup complicated matters and we have now seen that the club means business, spending more that £60 million in the last two days, with more signings to come over the remainder of the summer. United embark on their pre-season tour of the United States of America in less than a month, ideally with more additions to come in before then.

The deal which sees Shaw leave Southampton for the Theatre of Dreams was reported to be in excess of £30 million by Sky Sports, but the club have not announced the actual figure. Last season, Shaw made the jump from Southampton’s academy, proving himself, which is where he caught United’s eye. The image below from Sky Sports shows how United’s new addition compared to Patrice Evra, Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs.

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Luke Shaw comparison Barclays Premier League 2013/14 (Credit: Sky Sports)

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Speaking on his move to Old Trafford, Luke Shaw said:

“I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was eight years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me.  I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club.”

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said:

“Luke is a very talented young left-back with great potential. He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player. I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player and eventually fulfil that promise.”

This summer is already better that the last, with only Guillermo Varela being brought in early, then a long wait for a deadline day signing with Marouane Fellaini moving from Everton. Over £60 million spent over the last two days, added to the £37.1 million fee for Juan Mata and the £27.5 million fee for Fellaini, shows United have the money to compete with their rivals. I am sure there will be more to come over the summer with manager Louis van Gaal looking to get his United side straight back into the title race, which after last season will be great.

By Paul Bienkowski

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