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Shaw set to complete United switch

first_img Shaw will be competing with Patrice Evra for the left-back role at Old Trafford, but is understood to have been told he will be first choice despite competition from the France international. Evra penned a one-year contract extension in May and last season’s back-up Alexander Buttner looks set to move to Dinamo Moscow imminently, joining Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in leaving as the club look to kick on after a miserable season. United limped to a seventh-place finish last term, resulting in David Moyes losing his job and Holland coach Louis van Gaal coming in as his replacement. Shaw will become the second major arrival since the Dutchman’s appointment, following Ander Herrera’s move from Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. The 18-year-old has established himself as a top talent after coming through Southampton’s fabled academy. Shaw has attracted admiring glances from many, including boyhood club Chelsea, but Press Association Sport understands it is United that have won the race for his signature. Press Association The left-back underwent a medical at the club’s Carrington training ground on Thursday evening ahead of a move worth £27million plus add-ons – a lofty price tag comes thanks to his fine performances for club and now country. Despite not turning 19 until July 12, Shaw has already racked up 60 appearances in the Barclays Premier League and three England caps. The full-back made his Three Lions debut in the friendly against Denmark in March and usurped idol Ashley Cole in Roy Hodgson’s pecking order, leading the experienced left-back to call time on his international career. The 18-year-old was one of few positive points from a miserable World Cup campaign and became the youngest player to feature at the tournament when he started Tuesday’s goalless draw with Costa Rica. After that match it was put to Shaw that he perhaps needed to be playing Champions League football to feel comfortable on the world stage. That kind of experience would not come if he was to move to United this season – but was not something he deemed particularly important to being a success with England anyway. “You can’t really say that because you look at the other teams and they haven’t all got Champions League players, have they?” Shaw said. “I don’t know. Obviously Champions League would help, playing against world-class players, but you can’t just say that because you look at other teams that have gone through the groups and they haven’t got all Champions League players.” Luke Shaw is expected to complete his move to Manchester United on Friday in a deal understood to be worth in excess of £27million. last_img read more

Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Neymar’s decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.The Instagram picture, even accompanied by a matching emoji, shows the 25-year-old Brazilian superstar stretched out on the pitch with his chin resting on his left hand.It garnered more than 1.5 million ‘likes’ within 12 hours of it being posted in the United States where Barcelona are on a pre-season tour.Three of the ‘likes’ came from PSG players — winger Angel Di Maria, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and midfielder Marco Verratti.French newspaper Le Parisien fuelled speculation Friday with an unsourced report that Neymar had told several Barcelona teammates of his intentions to join PSG, adding that the transfer is considered a done deal by some Barcelona players.That echoes media company Esporte Interativo’s insistence that an agreement has been reached for Neymar to move to the French capital from Barcelona, where he has played since 2013.On Tuesday, PSG skipper — and fellow Brazilian — Thiago Silva gave a digital thumbs up to a mocked-up photo montage published by Esporte Interativo showing Neymar in a PSG shirt along with compatriots and prospective teammates in France.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde described the ongoing saga as a “time of rumours”.“We understand it’s how it is. He is with us right now, one of us,” said Valverde in East Rutherford where his team plays Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.That match will give Neymar a chance to display his coveted skills for the first time this summer.“He’s a player we love and we want,” Valverde said. “Not only football wise, but also for the things he brings to the locker room.“There’s no need to worry about something we don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. If it happens in the future, we’ll see.”PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Le Parisien he had no idea if the Brazilian star was about to switch to the French capital.“I don’t know. I hear a lot from journalists and a player like Neymar would be an interesting addition to the PSG project,” said Thiago, speaking in Florida — where the French club takes on Tottenham in a friendly on Saturday.“But, for the moment, it is especially important to prepare for the new season. After and if Neymar arrives it would be a good thing for the squad.”Is Neymar going to sign? “Not yet,” smiled the captain.– ‘The future of the club’ –In Spain, it was reported by Catalan media group RAC 1 that “certain players” at Barcelona have already tried to convince Neymar not to accept the PSG offer which would dwarf the 105 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba. Javier Mascherano said Neymar was “the future” of Barcelona as the Argentine pleaded with the striker to stay put.“In the case of Ney, obviously he is young, and I hope he’s here with Barcelona for many more years,” Mascherano told American sports network ESPN.“He is a really important player for the club. Because of his age, he’s the future of the club, and we hope we can keep on counting on him.”However, it’s believed the Brazilian is being seduced by the immense wealth on offer to him from the Qatari owners of PSG and by the opportunity to have a team built around him.The daily Sport newspaper also claimed that Luis Suarez has also attempted to persuade Neymar not to split up the MSN frontline at Barcelona made up of Lionel Messi, Suarez and the Brazilian star.Catalunya Radio said that the deal is “95 percent complete”.One of the keys would be the payment to Neymar’s father and agent of a “premium exceeding the 40 million” paid when the player controversially moved to Spain from Santos.Other reports have claimed that Neymar senior has recently met with, or is about to meet, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.However, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted Tuesday that it is “200 percent” certain that Neymar will stay at the club.In a public game of tit-for-tat pronouncements, PSG coach Unai Emery hailed the Brazilian.“Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world,” said Emery.“Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more