The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing tired of rumours linking Luke Shaw with a move away from Old Trafford and they are hoping his future will finally be resolved in the summer.
The resident Red Devils have been eager to see Shaw in action this season, but Jose Mourinho has made no secret that he is far from pleased with what he has to offer the club. The footballing world expected great things from Shaw when he arrived at United from Southampton in 2014, but a combination of injuries and subsequent struggles for fitness have plagued his career in Manchester.
Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw heavily implies that his nightmare career at the club will reach its conclusion this summer, and recent reports from The Sun have served to consolidate that notion. According to the report, United will offer Shaw and a fee of £40 million to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose this summer.
Considering Spurs now represent a side who could potentially threaten United’s bid to claim the Premier League title, the proposed deal appears a foolish one for the club to complete. Shaw has demonstrated a level of potential in the past which suggests he could emulate or even surpass the level of quality which Rose has shown in recent years, and under Pochettino he would be in a fantastic position from which to realise the full extent of his ability.
To further compound the issue for United, Tottenham would have a further £40 million to spend on new talent, as well as a direct replacement for Rose, so by completing the aforementioned deal United would be handing their title-rival a significant boost before the season had a single ball had been kicked. It’s clear that Mourinho’s relationship with Shaw is fractured beyond repair, so United should certainly offload him in the summer, but they must avoid selling him to a title-rival at all costs.
In a new environment it’s likely that Shaw will flourish into a fantastic defender in the Premier League, and considering Pochettino’ success with young English players in recent years Tottenham could certainly provide that for him.
United simply must keep that at the forefront of their thinking when attempting to sign a new left-back this summer, and they must abandon their bid for Rose if Spurs insist on signing Shaw as part of the deal.
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