With England's World Cup campaign in the rearview mirror, all eyes will be on to the transfer market. Southampton has been in the thick of it, with the club's meteoric rise spearheaded by their young talent catching the eye of Premier League clubs. Rickie Lambert sealed a move to Liverpool prior to the World Cup, with Adam Lallana also rumored to follow suit sooner than later. Now it appears that Luke Shaw will move first before his skipper. According to reports, Southampton and England left-back, Luke Shaw has been granted permission to complete a medical examination with the Old Trafford club. Shaw, has been linked with several top Premier League sides, but it seems that Manchester United has won the race for Shaw's signature, with a fee of £34 million (!) agreed between both clubs.
Luke Shaw to have medical at Manchester United ahead of move http://t.co/XTY50x2hAy #MUFC Photo: Mike Egerton/PA pic.twitter.com/iaN3CzNq7x— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 26, 2014
According to the link in the tweet above, Southampton's initial asking price was set at £30 million but it seems that both sides were able to reach a compromise, with a £27 million fee plus add-ons rounding the number to the £34 million mentioned above. Shaw will compete with Patrice Evra for the starting left-back spot, with the 33-year old veteran looking at the twilight of his career, Shaw should be the long-term solution at left-back.
For a player who only have one full season of Premier League experience and is yet to turn 19 until next month, the fee may seem a tad expensive. But Shaw has shown tremendous potential and looks comfortable at the top flight level. Last season he made 35 appearances and did not commit a single defensive error, a remarkable feat for such a young player playing in defense, where the pressure is high.
For incoming manager Louis van Gaal, Shaw will be his second signing so far. Manchester United has previously agreed a £29 million deal with Athletic Bilbao for the signing of midfielder Ander Herrera. All Manchester United fans will probably be pleased with the club's transfer dealings so far as they attempt to rebuild from last season's disappointment.
Oh, except Paul Scholes.
UPDATE (27/06/2014 3.27 PM BST)
It's a wrap:
Luke Shaw joins Manchester United on four-year contract with option of one-year extension. #SSN pic.twitter.com/pKVtoZb6ai— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 27, 2014
What do you think of the move? Is Shaw overrated? overpriced? Or a bargain? Have your say in the comments below!