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26th Mar 2018

Manchester United ‘to make formal offer’ for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney

Things are looking increasingly bleak for Luke Shaw

Simon Lloyd

Midway through the first international break of the year, it’s no surprise to see a flurry of transfer speculation in the press.

Given Luke Shaw’s last (final?) outing for Manchester United, it’s just as unsurprising that Jose Mourinho is being tipped to move for a new left-back in the summer.

With 32-year-old converted winger Ashley Young occupying the position for most of the season so far, United have repeatedly been linked with a move for Tottenham’s Danny Rose. However, a new report in The Mirror claims Mourinho now regards Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as ‘more versatile and better value for money’ – despite the 20-year-old inking a six-year deal with the Scottish champions in October.

Regardless of his long-term contract at Celtic, the report claims Tierney is only likely to cost United around £25m – around half the fee they would have to stump up for Rose.

The left-back position is said to be a priority for Mourinho. As well as Shaw, he is also expected to sanction the sales of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian – two players who have also played at left-sided full-back for the club in recent years.

Blind came close to a January switch to AS Roma, a move which could be resurrected in the summer. Darmian, an Italian international, has also been linked with a move to his homeland with Juventus thought to be interested. He has also reportedly caught the attention of Valencia.

Tierney, a Scottish international, is said to have drawn favourable reports from Mourinho’s scouts this season with United expected to follow this up with an offer in the weeks ahead.