Manchester City are preparing to pay a world-record £30 million fee for Southampton’s highly-rated English left-back Luke Shaw.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, City have told Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese they can pay the fee straight away, taking out rival clubs Chelsea and Manchester United in the process.
If the deal was to go through then Shaw would become the world’s most expensive left-back, beating the £29.5 million Barcelona paid for Dani Alves in 2008.
It is thought Manuel Pellegrini see’s Shaw as a long-term solution to both his left-back problems and the issue of needing eight home-grown players in his squad.
His purchase could see Aleksandar Kolarov return to Italy, leaving the left-back spot open for the young Englishman to play regular football at the Etihad.
However, with Shaw and his club both stating he is happy to stay at St Mary’s until the summer, City may have to wait to get their man. But based on the report, the understanding is they will beat any offer for the 18-year-old.
The left-back, who has made 42 appearances for the Saints since 2012, is being touted to be Ashley Cole’s replacement in the England squad for years to come with a move to City only raising his stock on the international scene.