Manchester United Buy Luke Shaw From Southampton For £30m

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Manchester United have signed Southampton left-back Luke Shaw for a fee in excess of £30million.

The 18-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford having secured the move after returning from World Cup duty with England on Wednesday.

United had an initial bid of £27m for Shaw turned down at the end of last season but have now sealed the deal.

The teenager, who made a single appearance in the World Cup, joins Ander Herrera in moving to Manchester; the midfielder is moving on a four-year contract from Athletic Bilbao and for a fee of £28m.

Veteran Patrice Evra signed a one-year contract extension in May but United had been keen to secure a long-term replacement for the Frenchman, especially after Alex Buttner agreed to join Dinamo Moscow earlier this week.

Shaw and Herrera 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 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.

Shaw, who becomes the world’s most expensive teenager as a result of the transfer, made his Southampton debut as a 16-year-old in January 2012.

He has played 60 Premier League games for Saints and earned his first England call-up for the friendly against Denmark in March.

Roy Hodgson selected Shaw ahead of Ashley Cole for England’s World Cup squad, but he only made one appearance – in the final game against 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, who are now poised to sign Adam Lallana – an interesting headache for recently-appointed manager Ronald Koeman.

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