Joe Bernstein from Mail Online has arrived in the Football Transfer Tavern to suggest that Manchester City are considering making a £30million bid to land Southampton left back Luke Shaw in the January transfer window.
He reports that a fee in that region would be a world record amount for a defender, beating the £29.5 million that Barcelona paid Sevilla for Daniel Alves in 2008.
City have reportedly told the Saints that are prepared to pay this fund in order to fend off strong competition from rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has outlined Shaw as the answer to his problems at left back with Aleksandar Kolarov set to return to Italy.
The 18-year-old full back is regarded as one of the finest young talents in the Premier League following a series of mature performances for the South Coast team.
Southampton continue to maintain their stance that Shaw is not available at any price but an official offer of £30 million would be hard to resist for chairman Nicola Cortese.
The Saints chief could use the money to sufficiently invest in Mauricio Pochettino’s already impressive side. The Saints manager recently confirmed that he does not expect any members of his talented squad to depart in January.
It is likely that City would be prepared to wait until the summer, but could be forced to move earlier if any of their rivals plan to swoop for Shaw.
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