United target prefers Blues move.
Manchester United target Luke Shaw is reportedly ready to turn down a move to the Red Devils as he holds out hope of sealing a switch to his boyhood club Chelsea, the Daily Star reports.
The young left-back is rated as one of the best up-and-coming talents in the Premier League, having impressed immensely for Southampton over the last year or so.
Still only 18, Shaw’s displays have attracted strong interest from several of the country’s elite sides, and rumours had emerged that United could be prepared to pay as much as £25m for him this January.
However, Chelsea are also keen on the England Under-21 international, and with Shaw admitting to being a boyhood Chelsea fan, they may now be the favourites to snap him up from the Saints.
This will come as some blow to United manager David Moyes, who has been desperate to sign a new left-back for his side having missed out on the likes of Everton’s Leighton Baines and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao during the summer transfer window.
He may be forced to try again for Baines and other targets, with a Southampton insider confirming that Shaw would reject a move to United as he hopes to play for Chelsea one day.
“Luke’s a huge Chelsea fan and he’d be delighted to play for them,” a club source said. “United’s interest is flattering but he knows he doesn’t have to rush anywhere just yet.”