The English champions are prepared to make Southampton’s Shaw the highest paid teenager in the league’s history.
Southampton left-back Luke Shaw could become the highest paid teenager in Premier League history if the 18-year-old chooses to join Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
The reigning champions are desperate to bring in the England international as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, who is expected to leave Old Trafford in the summer.
In order to ward off other potential suitors such as Chelsea and Manchester City they are prepared to offer Shaw a huge £75,000-a-week deal.
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This would almost quadruple what the defender is being paid by the Saints currently and top Adnan Januzaj’s £60,000-a-week wages – with the winger being the highest paid teenager at present.
Shaw only signed his first professional contract last July, after turning 18 and committing himself to St Mary’s for the next five years.
Yet after two impressive seasons on the south coast and a first senior appearance for the Three Lions on Wednesday, the full-back’s valuation has already risen to around £30m.
Despite being a boyhood Blues fan and the west London club needing a left-back to replace Ashley Cole, manager Jose Mourinho is unwilling to sanction that much for Shaw.
The Red Devils are more desperate however, having struggled to adapt to life without Sir Alex Ferguson and are hoping to overcome that by throwing huge sums of money at the problem.
This has included a bumper £300,000-a-week deal for Rooney, as well as the new contract already mentioned for Januzaj, whilst a club record £37.1m was paid for Juan Mata in January.
There is no doubting that Shaw is a talented prospect, having already played 57 first team matches for Southampton and looking like getting a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, whether or not the teenage ace will be able to cope with the pressures of a huge transfer fee at such a young age remains to be seen.
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