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Granted, Luke Shaw is an exceptional talent, and if he fulfils it, and spends much of the next decade at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s £33m deal to sign him could be sensible business.
However, the fee is astronomical, making the 18-year-old Englishman the most expensive teenager of all time, and the second most expensive Englishman ever behind £35m Andy Carroll.
Here are five stars who are arguably currently better equipped to step straight into the United side, who would have been considerably cheaper.
5) Marcelo – Real Madrid
Marcelo is already the world-class left-back United hope Shaw will turn into, and according to reports, he could be available for £24m – with Liverpool heavily interested. The Brazilian is only 26-years-old, meaning he’d have plenty of time at Old Trafford to pay back the fee. For £9m cheaper than the teenager, it would seem like a far more sensible piece of business – although questions have occasionally been raised regarding his defensive nous.