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Manchester United reportedly to beat Chelsea to Southampton wonderkid

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Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea to Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw, according to the Guardian.

Richard Heathcote

We'd almost forgotten about the messy business of transfer rumours amid all the managerial intrigue, but it's high time to pick up the long-running saga over the potential arrival of Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw. Fortunately -- or not, depending on whether it actually ever happens -- it seems to be good news.

According to Jamie Jackson in the Guardian, Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea to the young left-back and boyhood Blue, with the reported £100,000 five-year contract seemingly quite a lure. Jackson notes that the 18-year-old would become English football's highest paid teenager ever, with a wage £40,000 higher than that of Adnan Januzaj.

Shaw would certainly be a good signing, with left-back having been an area we've needed to reinforce for a while. Patrice Evra hasn't had too bad a season, but the Frenchman is certainly in decline, and would be relegated to a rotation role if the young England international arrives at Old Trafford in the summer.