Report: Shaw hunt on once more after Manchester United deal stalls

Richard Heathcote

Despite losing the most expensive defender in the history of the world to Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea are apparently gaining ground on a major signing of their own. We had all accepted the Luke Shaw's sale to Manchester United was a done deal, mostly because the kind of cash United were flashing was far too much for a left back, no matter how promising. But for whatever reason -- the Patrice Evra extension, perhaps? -- the Guardian are reporting that that deal has stalled, and that means Chelsea will be back in the picture.

There are a few problems with this notion, however. The Guardian mention perhaps the most important -- Chelsea don't want to give Southampton £30 million*, and they don't want to commit insane wages (United are apparently prepared to offer Shaw £100,000 per week or more). And that means that in order for us to actually be in the running for Shaw, he'd have to both accept markedly lower wages and force Southampton into selling him for a cut-rate deal. He's a Chelsea fan, yes, but it's pretty hard to envision a world where that happens.

*Entirely reasonable, considering that while Shaw's a good left back, he's not even an upgrade on an out-of-position Cesar Azpilicueta.

What should we expect, then? Mark Ogden of the Telegraph reported that Shaw to United was only a matter of time, and I'd expect that any talk of 'stalling' is just Shaw's people trying to extract even single concession out of Louis van Gaal's side as humanly possible. In other words, if you want Shaw at Stamford Bridge I wouldn't get your hopes up.

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