|Luke Shaw is struggling to find his place at Manchester United|
Jose Mourinho has criticised Luke Shaw and is now leaving him out of match day squads prompting speculation that he will be leaving Manchester United in the summer. Clearly he isn't part of Mourinho's plans, unless he is using the tough love strategy that Mauricio Pochettino used on Mousa Dembele for him to up his game.
At various stages, various newspapers run the story of Luke Shaw to Tottenham Hotspur, simply because Mauricio Pochettino has managed him before. Yes Tottenham keep a watching brief on him, as we do on a great many players, but that doesn't mean a bid is due.
The price has to be right for a start and United massively overpaid for him when they parted with £31.88 million for the 21-year-old (22 in July) England international. At the time transfermarkt valued him at £18.7 million, a figure I thought he was worth too. That makes selling him difficult, we certainly would not be interested in paying nearly £30 million for a left-back. Transfermarkt currently value him at £17.85 million.
He has had a serious injury and not played much since. Has he returned to the fitness levels he had before? He was criticised at United for being overweight so does he have the mentality for a top club or does he have a big fish in a small pond mentality? Can he obtain the fitness Pochettino demands and can he be the same player after his injury? None of these questions have been answered yet.
The Metro daftly suggest a possible swap deal, which isn't on the cards at all. Danny Rose and Mauricio Pochettino is very close and Rose has already stated he wants to be a Tottenham in 2021 when his current contract expires.
Daniel Levy has made it clear previously they he won't sell to strengthen a rival and Danny Rose is considered the best left-back in the Premier League. The idea of a swap has nothing going for it. A transfer to Manchester United is currently a step down and has been since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
His contract runs until 2018 so in the summer he enters his last year. That sends his transfer value plummeting, a maximum of around £10-12 million. Rose is currently worth at least double that given his ability and contract length.
Luke Shaw would only be signed to replace Ben Davies and to alternate with Danny Rose, not to replace him. Strengthening the squad is common sense, weakening it is not.
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