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Newcastle United Linked With A Big Move For This Manchester United Star: Can Benitez Pull This Off?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

The Toons have moulded themselves as a formidable unit ever since Rafael Benitez took command of the team. Though he could not save the doomed Magpies from relegation, even prior to the first kick of the ball in the Championship, they were touted as the firm favourites to get back to the Premier League.

The proceedings have emerged as expected as Newcastle United are placed at the summit of the league table with 78 points from 38 outings. With an automatic qualification likely to materialise, provided they don’t choke themselves in the business end of the season, the Geordies should start plotting for their moves in the summer transfer window and one of the big names to be linked with a move to St. James’ Park is Luke Shaw.

Shaw was signed by Manchester United in the summer of 2015 for a humungous sum, which was reported to be in the region of £27million, from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton. However, a double leg break and then managerial changes and the incoming of Jose Mourinho has seen him tumble down the pecking order. As a result, the English international has been handed merely 597 minutes on the pitch so far in the top tier of English football and as a result, he is desperately seeking for an exit once the curtains of the summer transfer window get raised.

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Newcastle United’s recruitment policy has been severely criticised of late, particularly after the signing of left-back Massaido Haidara from French outfit Nancy. The 24-year-old hasn’t been trusted by Benitez in any form whatsoever, and in the scenario which is developing around Newcastle United, a move for the talented yet out-of-favour Manchester United star looks to be the one they are in the dire need of.

While Newcastle United’s promotion would certainly appeal to Shaw, the transfer fee of around £15 million to lure him into their ranks shouldn’t really be an issue, considering the fact that he has been perennially stated as the future of English national side.

The black and white crop would need quality on every frontier and no wonder a move for Shaw would enable them to rectify their previous errors of splashing the cash on substandard players. The former Southampton defender has all the attributes to be a sensational star in the near future and can even replace Paul Dummett on the left-back slot with sheer ease. This is a transfer they need to take over the line, don’t they?

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