Man Utd sign defender Shaw for £27m

By BBC

England defender Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United from Southampton for £27m, making him one of the world’s most expensive teenagers.

The 18-year-old’s fee could rise to £31m, depending on his performance. An initial £27m offer was rejected in May.

The left-back has agreed a four-year contract with United, with an option to extend for a further year.

“I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that,” he said.

Ryan Giggs, United’s assistant manager, added: “Luke is a very talented young left back with great potential.

“He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player.”

Shaw told Saints at the end of last season that he wanted to join United.

He became the youngest player to feature at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil when he played the entire 90 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw with Costa Rica on Tuesday.

He is United’s second summer recruit – and second in as many days – after they signed Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, from Athletic Bilbao for a fee believed to be £29m.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was the world’s most expensive teenager when he moved to Old Trafford in September 2004 for an initial fee of £20m.

Shaw’s signing eclipses that and matches the £27m Paris St-Germain paid Roma for 19-year-old Marquinhos in July.

The youngster also becomes the fourth most expensive defender in world football.