Luke Shaw Set to End Manchester United Nightmare in January Move to Rival

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw could see his Old Trafford nightmare come to an end in January due to interest from Newcastle United, according to reports.

Shaw became the most expensive teenager in world football when he was signed to United in 2014 by Louis van Gaal for around £30 million, but a leg break a year later halted his progress.

Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal's successor, has been critical of the 22-year-old and played him only twice this season, both times in the EFL Cup. But, in January, he may have a way out.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle manager, has show interest in signing Shaw when the transfer window reopens in the new year, according to The Sun. The possibility of a move may break down, however, as United is looking to recoup £20 million from the sale.

There is also uncertainty about the amount of funds that will be available to Benitez in January, as Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club. He is ambitiously aiming for the deal to go through before Christmas, but that looks increasingly unlikely.

British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has been behind a £300 million bid to buy the Premier League, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The 44-year-old, who helped broker Sheikh Mansour's takeover of Manchester City, is involved in negotiations alongside her PCP Partners Capital Group, a private investment firm.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, November 25. Mourinho is looking to sell Luke Shaw in the January transfer window. Alex Livesey/Getty

But the offer is significantly lower that Ashley's asking price, which is closer to £380 million, putting Benitez in an uncertain position during the January transfer window.

Newcastle faces competition for Shaw as Turkish club Fenerbahce has also shown interest. Shaw would prefer to remain in the Premier League, especially as he looks to regain a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Shaw has played seven minutes of football for England since breaking his leg in a Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven in September 2015. The injury has proved to be a major setback to Shaw's career, with Mourinho now keen to sell the defender.

Mourinho's latest criticism of the defender came in September. "You saw the [Burton] game, you saw the same as I see, so are you asking if he plays tomorrow? No, he is not playing tomorrow. He has to work. He has to improve," Mourinho said.

The Portuguese coach has opted for Ashley Young as his favored left-back this season, with Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind also sharing the role. United travels to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to face Arsenal as it looks to cut the eight-point gap Manchester City holds at the top of the Premier League.

Newcastle, meanwhile, also travels south, to London, facing Mourinho's former team Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.