Manchester United were reported to have placed a bid in the region of £27 million for Luke Shaw last Sunday as the curtain was lowered on a lack lustre Barclays Premier League season for the Old Trafford club. The bid was not confirmed by the club, but it was reported by Sky Sports News, who very rarely report on the such like for United after the howler they made live on air a few years ago when they suggested they will have great news for Manchester United supporters, this great news never came. It was at the time that Wesley Sneijder was reportedly linked to the club, a rumour that has not surfaced so far this summer, but give it time.
There were reports that the bid was rejected and other that suggested that Southampton never replied to the offer. With United looking to conduct much of their business ahead of this summers FIFA World Cup, it is leaving the club pretty short for time with most international teams heading away to training camps in the next week. The Guardian reported yesterday that United would increase their offer for Shaw to £30 million, which is an offer Southampton would be silly to refuse for their talented 18-year-old, who, if he gets playing time in Brazil this summer, would be hungrier to achieve success at club level and will be more determined to play for a bigger club who could qualify for European football, which he could thrive in.
Now United are without European football next season, which would allow new signings to adjust to life in Manchester with a view to returning to the UEFA Champions League from the 2015/16 season, meaning they will have spent a season out of the competition they have always played a part in since the Barclays Premier League was formed. Many of the clubs rivals have been poking fun at United lack of participation in European football, but let them have their five minutes of fame and end next season without winning the pinnacle trophy in European football.
The £30 million bid for Shaw, which was reported by The Guardian, is expected to be offered after Louis van Gaal has been announced as the next Manchester United manager, which could take place over the next few days, if reports are correct this time. If not we wait even longer for this ‘imminent’ announcement. Obviously we know a club will be able to operate during the off-season without a manager in place, as at the end of the day, the manager only identifies the targets the club are to aim to sign, it is the executives that nobody sees that often that do all the work and gather pace in the transfer windows, obviously that is going on behind the scenes, or the reported bid of £27 million would not have been made.
Players on the other hand would need to know who the manager was going to be next season. Imagine if you signed for United, manager less at the time, only to find Mr Bean in the hot seat when you turn up for your first day of training, what a let down. I personally feel that summer transfer dealings will run a lot smoother with a manager in place, but still with last summer in mind, I do worry about the type of players the club are targeting, and whether they have any chance to secure deals. All that wasted time on Cesc Fabregas last summer is still fresh in the mind, but there was something there at one point, whatever happened it was not a successful attempt for the club.
Many Southampton supporters will suggest that a deal will not be completed for the young left-back, but every player has their price and the club will be able to redevelop their squad with the cash. Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin are both reported targets for Liverpool and Napoli respectively, according to reports, and looking at the rumoured transfer fees, Southampton could make £70 million plus by selling three players, so there is a bright side to it all. They are also a selling club as they would have kept hold of players like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who were all sold at a young age, all progressing in their individual careers, with Gareth Bale being the star of the three.
By Paul Bienkowski
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