As speculation about Manchester United’s move for Tottenham defender Danny Rose has increased, so too has the talk that Luke Shaw will soon depart Old Trafford. The 22-year-old is reportedly demanding a £5million payoff if he is to leave the club next month.
The England defender has struggled for playing time this season and is believed to want out of the club in the January transfer window in order to maximise his chances of winning a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
But according to The Sun, he wants a division package that takes into account the fact that it is unlikely he would be able to match the £130,000-a-week wage he currently earns.
A number of clubs in the Premier League and Europe are interested in signing him, including Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United.
However, Shaw is aware none will be able to match his wages, and so he wants a severance payment in order to leave. United have reportedly offered around £2million.
United also want £20m to let him go permanently. He may be forced to leave on loan in January, to give manager Jose Mourinho the time to decide Shaw’s long-term future at Old Trafford.
But The Sun report quotes a source as saying that the player “will not make it easy for the club to show him the door in January.”
“The club have one figure in mind while he has another for severance pay. They are way off of each other.
“He wants to get his career moving again, but he is not going to do United a favour if they do try to force him to leave.”
After Shaw was given his first start of the season in the 2-1 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford, Mourinho promised in the post-match interview that the player will get more chances in the future.
The 22-year-old full-back put in an energetic display down the United left and was adjudged the Man of the Match as United ensured safe passage into the Champions League Round of 16.
However, Mourinho remains interested in signing Rose from Spurs, with Shaw moving in the other direction to reunite with Mauricio Pochettino; meaning a swap deal remains on the cards.