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Manchester United linked with £36m-bid for Chelsea target

Manchester United could be set to make a £36m bid for Chelsea target Jose Gaya, according to Fichajes via the Daily Mirror.

The 20-year-old Valencia full-back is already into his fourth season in the Mestalla first-team set-up. He is a regular in the Spanish Under 21 side and a player with great potential.

Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal has seen his first-choice left-back Luke Shaw ruled out for at least six months with a double leg fracture following a strong challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno (via Manchester Evening News) and as such, the Dutchman’s interest in a replacement seems plausible.

Van Gaal can currently call upon Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind or Ashley Young to fill the role though none of this trio are regulars in the role.

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Shaw’s injury is a real blow for the England international’s chance of earning a spot in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad. Even if the former Southampton man makes a full recovery, he will still need to have a decent run of action ahead of the tournament in France.

The United man experienced something of an average debut season following his big-money move in the summer of 2014, making only 16 league appearances, but Luke Shaw had shown a real upturn in form this season prior to his long-term injury.

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