Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond his contract’s expiry date next summer amid ongoing speculation over his future.
The 23-year-old defender has just entered the final year of his contract and is expected to stay after the Fifa transfer deadline of August 31 despite United’s efforts to strengthen at left-back.
It has been previously reported that United had earmarked Juventus’s Alex Sandro as their preferred target in January, while also having considered Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney and Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
However, United have had no serious takers for Shaw since Newcastle registered their interest in January and it is possible he could leave on a free transfer next year.
United could offer Shaw a new contract to safeguard their investment in a player they spent £27m on four years ago but there is believed to be some hesitancy in Shaw’s camp over whether he should extend his stay.
It is understood Shaw’s representatives would prefer the England international to leave on a free next summer so he is able to continue his development elsewhere.
There is an acceptance that Shaw’s future at United is compromised by his fraught relationship with Jose Mourinho and the United manager’s extensive scouting of possible left-back replacements.
United were prepared to move for Fulham’s 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon had the Cottagers not achieved promotion to the Premier League.
Shaw’s United future could be secured by a positive pre-season tour, with first-choice left-back Ashley Young recovering from his World Cup excursions and Daley Blind on the brink of a £14.1m return to Ajax.
Matteo Darmian, who has played much of his United career under Mourinho at left-back, is angling for a return to Italy and Demetri Mitchell is the only other option available to the United manager in the United States.
Blind did not Travel with the United squad which flew to Los Angeles on Sunday night but Darmian was included despite his agent meeting Juventus executives last week.
Newcastle enquired about Shaw in the January transfer window but his playing time was more regular in the absence of the suspended Young and it was revealed United had taken up their option of an additional year on his deal. Once Young was available again he replaced Shaw in the win at Burnley on January 20.
Shaw was restricted to 19 appearances in 2017-18 and was omitted from 18 matchday squads, including the FA Cup semi-final and final against Tottenham and Chelsea. He made just eight Premier League starts.
Source : DailyPost