Manchester United’s owners, the Glazers, and Arsenal appear poised to let Luke Shaw down in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United appear set to disappoint Luke Shaw in the summer transfer window after he stated a wish for England teammates Declan Rice and Harry Kane to join the club. The Red Devils’ uncertain ownership position has put Erik ten Hag’s recruitment plans on hold.
England have been training at United’s Carrington base in the days leading up to Monday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia at Old Trafford.
It has given United-linked duo Rice and Kane the opportunity to view the training ground and experience a home crowd at the Theatre of Dreams.
Shaw admitted to being an agent during the Three Lions camp in a news conference over the weekend.
He told reporters: “I am not going to lie. I am speaking to them, telling them how good Manchester is because I know their qualities.
“I know they are world-class players, and they would be a massive help to us, but I can only say so much. It is up to the club, and whatever they decide, so we have to go from there.
“They have been here the last couple of days, and hopefully, they like it and can get used to it! If it was down to me, I would take them in a heartbeat.
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“They would improve our team massively and help us go to what we want to achieve.”
Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, is left with a constrained summer budget due to Financial Fair Play restrictions since the Glazers are delaying a takeover.
However, the uncertainty surrounding United’s future is a bigger obstacle to the Dutchman’s transfer plans.
Due to Tottenham Hotspur’s refusal to sell to a direct rival, Manchester United have walked away from Harry Kane, and they could do the same with Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund due to his price tag.
Meanwhile, United’s takeover debacle has allowed Arsenal to beat United to Rice’s signature, with the West Ham United captain now ready to join Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
However, he will be among the many disappointed by United’s delayed sale, while Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe wait in the wings.