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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by soccersweep

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Manchester United remain odds on for prodigy despite Chelsea rumours

As far as we are concerned Manchester United need to start spending their money very wisely.

Sure, after years of trophy success at home and abroad, they must have generated quite a piggy bank for a rainy day – cash that they can use to rebuild at times precisely like these.

But, unlike Chelsea and Manchester City, Manchester United’s reserves are finite. They can’t afford to get it wrong with major signings in the same way that the new money clubs can.

The jury remains on extended sabbatical with regards Marouane Fellaini. But what we can say is that he hasn’t even begun to prove his worth yet and he certainly hasn’t improved Manchester United this season.

Manchester United need to invest wisely or it could be curtains. One of the areas which needs imminent improvement is at left-back.

Patrice Evra has been a superb servant to the club but his time is running out. Manchester United need to replace him with a top talent. The name that has been most prominent in this respect is Luke Shaw.

At just 18 he’s going to give at least 12 years of service to his next club – if he leaves Southampton of course. So the money he will cost initially will be offset by the length of his career. He’s fast, strong, intelligent and has lovely technique. He will surely represent a very low risk and high yield signing.

The problem is that Manchester United aren’t the only ones interested. Chelsea are also rumoured to be in the hunt and could prove to be his preferred destination. We also can’t discount Manchester City who are always interested in the best players.

Shaw grew up supporting Chelsea and this could well go in their favour. Chelsea also have a very good record for signing players once they have managed to get them to look around the place – in other words, Chelsea are good at closing the deal.

So there is a weight of evidence to suggest that Shaw will end up at Chelsea. Nevertheless, at this point, Manchester United remain odds on favourites with SkyBet, at 4/6, to sign the player before the summer window closes.

Chelsea are currently 6/4 second favourites for the youngster’s signature. We think that, of all the young England players who have yet to nail down a place in the international side, Shaw has the best chance of making the plane to Brazil.

Let’s see him in action. CLICK FOR SHAW

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