According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, Manchester United want at least £28m for left-back Luke Shaw if they are going to sell the unsettled £130,000-a-week defender this summer.
Well, The Sun on Sunday says that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring a new left-back to the club this summer to provide more competition for Ashley Young, who has been playing in an unfamiliar role there this season.
The Sun on Sunday says that Mourinho has regularly fallen out with Shaw having publicly criticised him on more than one occasion, and the Portuguese boss is hoping to recoup the money they paid to sign him from Southampton in 2014.
The report adds that even though he has largely been frozen out at Old Trafford this term, the 22-year-old is willing to stay at United and fight for his spot in the starting XI, if they let him.
It has been another rollercoaster campaign for the England international.
The 22-year-old was injured when proceedings got underway in August, and with Young, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all ahead of him in the pecking order at left-back, Shaw found it difficult to even get in the squad for the first few months of the season.
However, he did get a run in the starting XI at the end of 2017 and into 2018, but he quickly found Young preferred to him once again and he has only played 113 minutes of football in their last eight Premier League fixtures – prior to the clash against Arsenal.
It’s difficult to say.
While Shaw may not be quite there in terms of fitness and mentality, the fact that he is still 22 years of age and clearly has plenty of talent in his locker would mean that their fans, who are split on rumours that they could sign Southampton’s Cedric Soares for their right-back spot, would like the Red Devils to keep the faith with him.
However, it doesn’t seem as though Mourinho is ever going to get on with him, and if the Portuguese boss is at Old Trafford for years to come then it would be best for both parties if the left-back moved on this summer.
It really could depend on which Premier League teams need a player in that position.
Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton may all be keen if the 22-year-old was to become available, and all four of them probably wouldn’t be against paying £28m in this day and age for a player who still has really good quality and potential to improve.