After several months of negotiations, Manchester United have finally landed England international Luke Shaw for a fee of £ 30 million, which could raise by a couple of more millions depending upon the player’s success at Old Trafford. As a result of this transfer, Shaw becomes the most expensive teenager in the world. He eclipses the £ 26.5 million paid by United for Wayne Rooney in 2004.
Yet, there have certainly been eyebrows raised at the fee being paid for a left back compared to Rooney, who is a striker. United, though, feel that he is a great investment. Shaw will turn 19 in a few weeks, but he has already made more than 50 Premier League appearances. He has signed a four-year deal with United, while the club have an option for a fifth year. The incredible progress by young defender also saw him get into the England national team squad for the World Cup 2014.
His debut at a World Cup came in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.
United have been interested in Shaw for some time now. They had to fight competition from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool for the signature of the youngster. However, it is understood that once the demands from Southampton went beyond the £25 million mark a number of clubs dropped out of the picture.
Shaw could easily become the next Wayne Rooney in offering more than a decade of service to United, but he could also become an expensive flop. Only time will tell. “I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was 8 years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me,” Shaw said.