Southampton left-back Luke Shaw passes medical at Manchester United and signs for a fee around £27 million plus add-ons on a five-year contract, making him the most expensive teenager in history.
Having completed the signing of Ander Herrera yesterday, it now means Van Gaal has made two adequate signings in swift succession as the 18 year old fullback follows the Spanish midfielder to Old Trafford.
With Shaw being one of United’s main priorities in this transfer window, Southampton had proved efficacious in trying to keep one of their leading lights of last season. Thus, a change in management and an adamant chairman indicating no players would be sold until a successor was chosen. However, the transfer now completed, Van Gaal will be happy to have finally gotten his man.
He stayed overnight in a Manchester hotel and paid a visit to Old Trafford today to be shown around the club’s iconic stadium and for promotional photographs.
He now heads away on holiday before returning to meet his new team-mates for pre-season. The holiday plans have been specifically scheduled to ensure that he is back in time for United’s tour of the USA in July.
Shaw arriving back in the UK from Brazil following England’s disaster and Buttner’s departure to Dynamo Moscow, both earlier in the week, could have triggered the proposed move to go ahead.
Customarily in Shaw’s position, Patrice Evra, 33, signed a new deal in May, keeping him at the club for another year. But with no surprise, Shaw’s assurance of precedence next season indicates the Frenchman’s time as United’s first choice left-back is up.
Shaw was a surprise addition in England’s World Cup squad this summer, stealing adept defender Ashley Cole’s place in Brazil and made his debut in the competition against Costa Rica on Tuesday. Emerging as one of the most revered youngsters in the Premier League, United weren’t the only club to initiate interest in the player.