Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

Kicking off this list is well-documented Manchester United target Luke Shaw, due to the fact the Red Devils have already launched a £27million bid for the Southampton prodigy.

Understandably so; the 18 year-old beat Ashley Cole to a spot in England’s World Cup squad this week, and should he reproduce the level of performance we’ve seen from him at St. Mary’s over the past two campaigns in Brazil, his valuation could go through the roof.

The teenage defender is widely regarded as one of the finest home-grown talents England has to offer, having amassed 58 appearances and made the No.3 slot his own on the south coast since Southampton’s Premier League promotion in summer 2012.

Decisively belonging to the growing trend of ‘false full-backs’ and often compared to fellow Saints academy graduate Gareth Bale for his brute athleticism and technical prowess, Shaw’s maroading nature and lethal left-footed deliveries would add a whole new dimension to United’s forward play.

Southampton are no fools however, and having reportedly rejected Old Trafford’s £27million bid, appear to be holding out until after the World Cup where, as previously stated, the England international’s price-tag could take a significant upturn.

There’s still a month to go before a ball is struck in Brazil however, but with Chelsea and Liverpool watching closely too, United would be wise to wrap up this deal as soon as possible.