Arsenal are now in the race with other English giants like Chelsea and Manchester City to land Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw. The English full-back has only made two appearances for the Red Devils this season and both have come in inconsequential Carabao cup matches. It is reported that Mourinho is unimpressed with the player’s fitness and lazy attitude.
In such circumstances, with chances drying up, Luke Shaw will want regular game time and a chance to impress England bosses before the World Cup next year. Shaw came from Southampton as a highly promising full back. However, having been pegged back by injuries, his career at Old Trafford never took off.
He arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2014 under the management of Louis Van Gaal for a hefty fee of £28m on a four-year deal. The then 19-year old promised a great future at Old Trafford but recurring injuries forced him out of the side and stagnated his career. He has now been at Old Trafford for over three years and has not played a single full season.
Despite being fit this time around from May, Mourinho has overlooked the England player in favour of other footballers like Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian. It seriously looks as if the career for Shaw is over at Manchester and if the young player from the south of England wishes to reignite his football career, he must leave Old Trafford.
With his development at United stagnated, it is understood that the other English clubs are keen to offer him a chance to reignite his career. Shaw, despite his injuries, is only 22 and has a long career ahead of him. His age combined with the fact that he had shown great potential in the past has convinced many clubs to offer the player another chance.
Arsenal currently have shifted to a 3-4-3 formation. After sanctioning the sale of Kieran Gibbs to West Bromwich Albion in the summer, Arsenal have Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as the two senior left backs in the squad. With Mustafi ruled out for the time being and Wenger needing three centre-backs in his new formation, Monreal has shifted from his position out wide to become the third centre back in the Gunners side.
This has left Kolasinac as the only senior left wing back in the side and bringing in Shaw will give Wenger some much-needed cover in the position; something Arsenal will need if they intend to compete for all four trophies this season.
Sounds like a good deal for Wenger and Shaw to go through with but the deciding factor to this transfer remains with Wenger’s good, old friend Jose Mourinho, who will be in no rush to help the Frenchman solve his problems.