Manchester United look set to be closing in on finishing a deal for Southampton’s Luke Shaw, with the defender reported to have agreed terms with the Manchester club.

The Mail understands the deal is expected to be announced before the World Cup despite not having a permanent manager currently at the helm.

Many fans have noticed that his Twitter username has changed from @LukeShaw23, his squad number at Southampton to @LukeShaw3, the squad number that United left-back Patrice Evra looks set to vacate when his contract runs out this summer.

Some are seeing this as a confirmation that Shaw will indeed be replacing the France left-back this summer, with United fighting off fierce competition from Chelsea for his signature.

With Evra leaving, Shaw would be all-but guaranteed first team football at Old Trafford, which is said to be a major part in his decision to join United over clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City.

Having been named in England’s 23 man squad for this summer’s World Cup, this is turning into a week to remember for the talented 18 year old.

With almost a month until that tournament kicks off, Shaw’s departure from St Mary’s looks set to be confirmed long before England touch down in Brazil.

Southampton fans will be wondering how the money will be reinvested, as they also look set to lose Adam Lallana to Liverpool and manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham in the near future.



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