Luke Shaw has completed a 31.5 million GBP switch to Manchester United and has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford. The England defender successfully completed a routine medical at United's Carrington training complex and has been informed that he will be manager Louis van Gaal's first-choice left-back. That leaves regular 33-year-old Patrice Evra, to consider his future at the club as he is expected to have a reduced role at the club.
The former Southampton starlet has signed a four-year contract with an option to extend for a further year and revealed his delight at joining the 13-time Premier League champions. The Saints will receive £27 million up front rising to the full figure i.e 31.5million GBP. Shaw said, "I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was eight years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me. I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club."
Shaw's former club Southampton insisted they will use the money from the transfer to rebuild their squad. It was revealed on Thursday that the England international met United officials at the club's training ground, where he was given a personal tour ahead of his medical today morning. He will then head away on holiday before returning to meet his new team-mates for pre-season which is in the United States.
Shaw is understood to have informed Southampton of his desire to leave the club at the end of May and a wage package in excess of £100,000 has been agreed in principle between United and the player for some time. Former Old Trafford boss David Moyes did some of the groundwork in persuading Shaw to make the move, as United overcame interest from Chelsea to secure their man with a salary that blew the London club out of the water.
Shaw is United's second signing this summer after they signed Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao the previous day. Herrera has signed a four-year deal, worth £70,000-a-week, with the option for an extra year within the agreement. Herrera was forced to buy himself out of his own contract at Bilbao after the La Liga club has a last-minute re-think about accepting United's offer. Manchester United are looking to refurbish their squad after last season's disappointment and would be looking to sign more quality players before the EPL season starts in August.