Finally, after all the speculation, Manchester United have done some business which will put a smile on the faces of the fans today.
Because these aren’t Marouane Fellaini style deals. The signing of the Belgian last summer was met with curiosity and concern.
But, in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, Manchester United have bought world stars of the future – players who will signal a bright new dawn for the club.
Not since Paul Scholes have Manchester United had a true creator in the middle – someone who can orchestrate attacks, flummox the opposition and control the tempo of the game. Ander Herrera was so desperate to come to Manchester United that he reportedly bought out his contract to get the deal done. He has signed on the dotted line for a fee of £28.8m – confirmed by Manchester United last night.
Manchester United is delighted to announce that, after triggering the buy-out clause in his contract on Tuesday, it has signed Spanish central midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Club in Bilbao, pending the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate. He joins on a four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.
As for Shaw there has been no official announcement as yet, but many sources have reported that he is in Manchester for his medical ahead of a deal for between £30-34m – a record transfer for a teenager. The Mail reported:
United will complete the £30m transfer of England left-back Shaw on Friday just 24 hours after wrapping up the £28.8m purchase of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera.
Although Southampton were chasing a massive £40m for 18-year-old Shaw, United have struck a deal for £30m and he will undergo his medical at Carrington today before signing a five year deal.
soccersweep has absolutely no doubt that Shaw will become a true hero at Manchester United. In what amounts to the perfect settling in period he will be fortunate enough to mentored by club legend Patrice Evra for a year before fully taking the reins.
But Shaw is already a fantastic pro. He’s fearless in the tackle, a brilliant athlete and a player who is equally comfortable attacking or defending. We strongly believe that he would have been a better choice for England at The World Cup than the muted Leighton Baines. As they say at Manchester United – if you’re good enough you’re old enough. Shaw will get ample opportunity to prove that over the coming months and years.
Whatever the price, Manchester United have got an absolute bargain for a player who can serve the club for 15 years.
With these two in the bank Manchester United must now target a defensive midfielder, a centre back and a couple of electric wingers.
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