The reigning Premier League champions are increasingly confident of luring the Southampton left-back to Old Trafford despite facing competition from Chelsea for his signatureBy Paul Clennam
Manchester United will make a £20 million bid for Luke Shaw this summer, with the Premier League champions increasingly confident of tempting the Southampton star to Old Trafford.
The left-back, a boyhood Chelsea fan, is keen to speak to the Blues ahead of the summer but Old Trafford sources have also received indications that the 18-year-old would be open to joining David Moyes's side.
Goal revealed in January that initial talks over a move for Shaw had begun but the England Under-21 international was happy to see out the rest of this season at St Mary's Stadium before evaluating his options in the summer.
Moyes has been promised a staggering war chest of £150m this June after he broke the club's transfer record to sign Juan Mata for £37m in January and the manager sees overhauling the club's defence as a key priority.
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Moyes has privately made clear to United officials that he remains unconvinced by Rafael and is pursuing options at both right-back and centre-back, as well as Shaw, with Benfica's Ezequiel Garay, Seamus Coleman of Everton and Porto star Eliaquim Mangala having all been considered as defensive recruits by the Scot.
Valencia sporting director Francisco Rufete also confirmed on Friday that the Premier League champions had pulled out of a deal to sign Nicolas Otamendi from Porto in January, with the Argentine having moved to Mestalla late in the window.
United are set to face competition for Shaw directly from Chelsea and Tottenham, who have both shown an interest in the youngster since he emerged as the brightest English prospect in his age group.
The left-back's future is complicated by the fact that his management team, Stellar Group, also represents Ashley Cole, who wants a new Chelsea deal when his current contract expires in the summer.
United insiders are confident that they would be able to guarantee Shaw first-team football should he opt for a move to Manchester, with Moyes's other recent left-back target, Leighton Baines, having committed his long-term future to Everton in January.