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Red Devils’ £70,000-a-week English star monitored by Arsenal and Chelsea – reports

Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw suffered another injury setback towards the end of 2019/20 term
Luke Shaw

Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on on the contract situation of Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, despite Jose Mourinho claiming that the club’s hierarchy is prepared to offer him a new and improved contract.

Shaw joined Manchester United back in 2014 under Louis van Gaal and penned down a four-year deal worth £70,000-a-week, with an option to extend it for a further year. His regular deal expires at the end of the season but Mourinho has claimed that the club will exercise the option of extending it, just like they did with Juan Mata back in January. The left-back has endured a difficult tenure since joining United and has found his first-team opportunities hard to come by with his constant injuries playing a bit part in it.

Apart from this, his reported fallout with Jose Mourinho hasn’t worked in his way either. Till date, despite being fit, he has only managed six Premier League starts but there are sources claiming that his relationship with the Portuguese is back to its best. That, however, isn’t the concern for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea (as per Daily Mail) who are looking to add him to their roster.

A report from Manchester Evening News earlier this year quoted that the club had triggered the one-year extension clause in the defender’s contract.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United

Over the summer, Manchester United reportedly made it a priority to sign a left-back and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney was the reported target. However, with Shaw training hard and working his way up the pecking order, the aforementioned source claimed that United have decided to cool down their interest in acquiring a left-back. Speaking of Shaw’s contract conundrum, Mourinho had previously stated,

“The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years. Luke is not about changing my mind, it’s just the evolution or no evolution of his potential. It’s just about that.”

Coming back to the suitors, Arsenal’s interest comes as no surprise given that Nacho Monreal will soon lose his mojo. That would leave the Gunners with Sead Kolasinac in the end. But Chelsea’s interest shouldn’t be too concrete as they already have Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. But as things are for United and Jose Mourinho, it seems pretty clear as both of them want Shaw to stay. So it is really hard to see any of the London clubs cracking a deal for the Englishman come summer.

Written by Patrick Rees

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