Shaw's United move all but sealed

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Luke Shaw has completed his move to Manchester United in a deal understood to be worth in excess of £27m to Saints.

The 18-year-old left-back established himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football during his time at St Mary's, leading to admiring glances from many major clubs.

However, it is United that have won the race for Shaw's signature after he successfully passed a medical at the club's Carrington training ground on Thursday evening.

The deal is understood to be worth £27m plus add-ons, and is now complete - echoed by the player's Twitter account as, despite no official confirmation from either club, his biography briefly read "Professional footballer at Manchester united Football Club."

He is said to have agreed a five year deal worth £100,000 a week.

Shaw is United's second addition in as many days, following the arrival of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The pair appear to be just the start of Louis van Gaal's rebuilding job at Old Trafford, as the Dutchman looks to banish the memory of last season's seventh-placed finish.

Shaw will be competing with Patrice Evra for the left-back role at United, but is understood to have been told he will be first choice despite competition from the France international and not turning 19 until July 12.

Despite his tender years, though, the full-back has already racked up 60 appearances in the Barclays Premier League and three England caps.

Shaw made his senior national team debut in the friendly against Denmark in March and usurped idol Ashley Cole in Roy Hodgson's pecking order, leading the experienced left-back to call time on his international career.

The 18-year-old was one of few positive points from a miserable World Cup campaign and became the youngest player to feature at the tournament when he started Tuesday's goalless draw with Costa Rica.

A day later he was back on English soil, where the wheels quickly moved into motion for his move to United, undergoing a medical on Thursday and signing the following day.

Shaw is the latest high-profile departure from Southampton, who saw manager Mauricio Pochettino leave for Tottenham last month.

That exit was swiftly followed by talisman Rickie Lambert moving to boyhood club Liverpool, while speculation remains that the likes of Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana could follow Shaw out of St Mary's - an interesting headache for recently-appointed manager Ronald Koeman.

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2:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

adams74 says...

good luck luke.......your gonna need it....far too soon should of stayed at least 18mths longer tbh
good luck luke.......your gonna need it....far too soon should of stayed at least 18mths longer tbh adams74
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

From prospect to premaddona. I certainly wont be clapping any players who leave our club anymore and visit stmarys. Im not giving any respect to these so called professionals. About time we made our feelings known. I hope hes a complete flop for Manc. COYR
From prospect to premaddona. I certainly wont be clapping any players who leave our club anymore and visit stmarys. Im not giving any respect to these so called professionals. About time we made our feelings known. I hope hes a complete flop for Manc. COYR Bazultra
  • Score: 2

2:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

SHAW .. WHO ???

COYR
SHAW .. WHO ??? COYR The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 0

2:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Saint Chris says...

Very level headed lad. Don't believe he would of pushed this deal through. £100,000 a week for an 18 year old is incredible, however judging Luke's character I don't think it is all about the money and first team football is what is most important to him. I think he would have been happy playing for saints next season and would have respected the boards decision had they decided not to let him go. Good luck to the lad, incredible player, I do not believe £30m is excessive at all. However looks like AL is on his way too. One thing a club needs is stability. I fear for next season as a large re-build if the squad is now required. I'm just hoping we don't do a spurs and spend £100m on a load if average players that don't jel and drag us down.
Very level headed lad. Don't believe he would of pushed this deal through. £100,000 a week for an 18 year old is incredible, however judging Luke's character I don't think it is all about the money and first team football is what is most important to him. I think he would have been happy playing for saints next season and would have respected the boards decision had they decided not to let him go. Good luck to the lad, incredible player, I do not believe £30m is excessive at all. However looks like AL is on his way too. One thing a club needs is stability. I fear for next season as a large re-build if the squad is now required. I'm just hoping we don't do a spurs and spend £100m on a load if average players that don't jel and drag us down. Saint Chris
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

I just hope Shaw and Llalana don't go on Facebook or Twitter thanking the saints fans for their support and wishing us all the best for the future
That really would make me fecking puke!
I just hope Shaw and Llalana don't go on Facebook or Twitter thanking the saints fans for their support and wishing us all the best for the future That really would make me fecking puke! bullsbags
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

deepheat says...

It's swings and roundabouts innit.

Man U gazumped us on left back and total flop Alex Buttner and looking back Alex Ferguson done us a big favour . Because of that Luke Shaw got his chance earlier than expected and two seasons later is worth £30million.

English players are way too expensive when you consider what we could get for a lot less money.

We could snap up a player like Holland/Ajax left back Daley Blind for around £10million which is what Liverpooooooh offered. Porto are willing to pay £6.5million for Bruno Martins Indi of Feyenoord/Holland and Arsenal were after Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord/Holland for £5million.

LVG doesn't have a monopoly on the best Dutch players.
Big Ron has connections to all these players as well and I am sure he is negotiating something that will get true Saints fans excited about .
It's swings and roundabouts innit. Man U gazumped us on left back and total flop Alex Buttner and looking back Alex Ferguson done us a big favour . Because of that Luke Shaw got his chance earlier than expected and two seasons later is worth £30million. English players are way too expensive when you consider what we could get for a lot less money. We could snap up a player like Holland/Ajax left back Daley Blind for around £10million which is what Liverpooooooh offered. Porto are willing to pay £6.5million for Bruno Martins Indi of Feyenoord/Holland and Arsenal were after Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord/Holland for £5million. LVG doesn't have a monopoly on the best Dutch players. Big Ron has connections to all these players as well and I am sure he is negotiating something that will get true Saints fans excited about . deepheat
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Fri 27 Jun 14

saintsfan76 says...

Have to.smile that he tweeted the news before Utd made the announcement. Think it will be confirmed later by both clubs though. A good deal for a player still with plenty to prove.
Have to.smile that he tweeted the news before Utd made the announcement. Think it will be confirmed later by both clubs though. A good deal for a player still with plenty to prove. saintsfan76
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Hope the TRANSFER MONEY is invested and spent WELL ! We do not want another Danni boy or even half rated Gaston
Hope the TRANSFER MONEY is invested and spent WELL ! We do not want another Danni boy or even half rated Gaston SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Fri 27 Jun 14

markodarko29 says...

He's in good company up there with Rooney and giggs, there's loads of loose woman for him to get stuck into ,as said before he should have stayed for at least another season but money talks I'm afraid
He's in good company up there with Rooney and giggs, there's loads of loose woman for him to get stuck into ,as said before he should have stayed for at least another season but money talks I'm afraid markodarko29
  • Score: 1

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