Manchester United have opened talks with Luke Shaw over a new lucrative contract worth £44m.
According to a news report from Football Insider, Manchester United want to secure Shaw’s future by offering him a new five-and-a-half year contract.
This new deal will see Shaw earn £154,000 per week, the same amount as he is on now, but with an option of a year’s extension.
The 20-year-old England star is right now sidelined after breaking his leg in two places during a Champions League 2-1 away defeat to PSV Eindhoven last September. He was in great form before the horror injury and United board understand how important he is to the Red Devil’s future plans.
With Luke Shaw injured, van Gaal was desperate to bring in a left-back this month but attentions have now reportedly shifted on making a move for attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson.
It is believed the Manchester United don’t want Shaw to enter the last two years of his current contract with uncertainty, before it runs out in 2018 as Louis van Gaal believes Shaw can become United’s star performer in future.
However, recently van Gaal revealed that Luke Shaw may not return to action for Manchester United this term, ruling out his hopes of making it to the Euro 2016.
But the Dutch manager insisted, the 20-year-old youngster has made great progress in his recovery, but didn’t give any guarantee that he will be back until this summer.
“He’s more or less had a short vacation,” said United manager van Gaal.
“He’s been away for a week and is back to continue with his rehabilitation. He’s doing well but now I cannot be specific because he’s been away for a week.”
van Gaal further said: “It’s dependable. Everything is going well until now.
“But he has a severe injury, which takes a long time [to recover from]. He’s doing well until now, but I cannot say whether he’ll be back this season.”
He has also expressed injury concerns over Phil Jones and Ashley Young after their 2-1 victory over Swansea at Old Trafford. Jones was substituted by Matteo Darmian at the break and Paddy McNair came on in place of Young in the second half.
The United boss admitted, Jones sustained an injury similar to the ankle problem that forced him to sit out five matches before Christmas while Ashley Young’s substitution was because of the busy fixture list over the festive period.