Wednesday 26 June 2019

Shaw edges closer to £160,000-a-week United deal

Luke Shaw has signed a new deal with Man United. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Luke Shaw has signed a new deal with Man United. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

John Percy

Luke Shaw is in advanced talks over a new long-term contract at Manchester United.

Shaw will be offered a huge increase on his £100,000-a-week contract - believed to be in the region of £160,000-a-week - to complete a remarkable turnaround under manager Jose Mourinho.

The England international's deal runs out at the end of this season, but United have initiated talks and are confident of sorting the terms this month.

Shaw endured a difficult season under Mourinho last term in which his commitment and ambition was questioned, but the 23-year-old has emerged as a regular this campaign.

The £27m signing was even singled out for praise by Mourinho after the 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in August and has been arguably United's best performer in a troubled season.

Shaw is also back in the England national team and was selected by Gareth Southgate for the Uefa Nations League game against Spain in September, making his first appearance for his country in three years, before suffering a head injury.

He was also picked for this month's games in Croatia and Spain, but had to pull out through injury.

Now United have moved to tie Shaw down to a new contract and negotiations are expected to continue over the next few days. He is expected to become one of the best paid defenders in Europe and the new contract could be either for four or five years.

Meanwhile, United did not comment last night on reports of a takeover bid from Saudi Arabia.

It has been claimed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - the son of King Salman of Saudi Arabia - is considering bidding for the Glazer family's shares in United.

Saudi's ruling family have long been linked with a takeover of United and the club have a strong relationship with the country.

Saudi Telecom are their longest-running commercial partner and last year United entered into a "strategic partnership" with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, which involves United "lending its business and sporting expertise to Saudi Arabia".

The Glazers have earned huge windfalls by selling tranches of so-called 'B' shares that carry no voting rights in recent years, but the Americans retain complete control of the club and have always dismissed any idea of a sale in the past.

Elsewhere, in Saudi Arabia, Argentina take on Brazil today with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all set to feature for Brazil, however, Lionel Messi will not be available for temporary Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni.

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