Manchester United are in full-on panic mode at the moment, because they know that unless they get this summer right they could be in trouble for a long, long while. After firing manager David Moyes on Tuesday, they're apparently following that up with a monster deal for Southampton left back Luke Shaw. Yes, that's the same Luke Shaw that Chelsea have been linked to for years.
The Guardian is reporting that United are willing to offer £30 million for the 18-year-old plus wages of £100,000 per week, which on a five-year deal is a total commitment of £56 million. That's an absurd amount of money to spend on a teenager, and Chelsea have supposedly ducked out of the bidding as a result. That makes sense -- I'd be absolutely furious if we committed that sort of cash to a young left back with tonnes of promise but who isn't actually a major upgrade to the team.
In other words, United can have him. He's a good player, but he's not the man to turn them around, and the more they spend on panic luxury buys the longer they'll be in the doldrums.