Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has ruled out making an approach for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw this summer, stating that he doesn’t deem the English international a realistic target.
Shaw has struggled for game time this season and has come in for a lot of criticism by manager Jose Mourinho. It was believed he would exit Old Trafford at the end of the season as a result, but Hughes doesn’t believe Stoke could attract the player.
“You look at all good players, but that’s not one that’s realistic for us, to be honest,” said the City boss. Shaw has been linked with Stoke, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, but has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.
Stoke are enduring a poor run of form at the business end of the season and will be in need of strengthening their backline given how porous they’ve been at times. Shaw would inject a youthful exuberance and greater attacking threat than the likes of Erik Pieters, but the chances of him moving from United to Stoke are slim.
Manchester United do have replacements for the former Southampton man in the form of Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, but they will be keen to keep Shaw given his age and the potential shown before his lengthy injury. Stoke don’t have the money to match United’s asking price and the player’s wages but they would benefit from his influence.
The Potters do suffer from a lack of pace in the wide areas and Shaw was deadly on the left before the injury layout. He’s suffering from confidence and may require a move away to regain his form but it’s unlikely to be on a permanent deal. United paid a lot to sign him from Southampton and won’t take a loss on the left-back as a result.