Ed Woodward isn't wasting any time this year. Ten months on from when he departed Manchester United's tour of Australia on "urgent transfer business", some joked he would arrive on his raft just in time for this summer's transfer window to open. However, United's executive vice-chairman capitalised on the deposed champions' final game of the season to submit a £27 million bid for Luke Shaw.
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United's interest in Shaw is hardly a surprise. The club have been confident for some time now they would sign the 18-year-old, and following Woodward's amateurish transfer window debut last summer, he is under pressure to act quickly in an attempt to conclude as much business as possible before the World Cup begins.
That United are managerless is irrelevant. What manager would not want a player as exciting as Shaw? Louis van Gaal, set to be named United boss this week, might have to send David Moyes his thanks, since the Scot was working on the deal the day before he was sacked.
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Shaw should do the lottery next. Not only is he set to join one of the biggest clubs in world football and earn a substantial pay rise, he will be named in Roy Hodgson's England World Cup squad on Monday, having ousted his idol, Ashley Cole.
The man Shaw is replacing, Patric Evra, is again linked with Internazionale this morning.
Nemanja Vidić has already agreed to join the Nerazzurri and could be joined by Evra, who also joined United at the same time as the Serbian, say the Express.
The Mail report Chelsea have opened talks with Diego Costa over a £32m move from Atlético Madrid, which the Spaniards won't appreciate.
Atlético visit Barcelona on Saturday in what should be a mouth-watering climax to La Liga. If they avoid defeat at Camp Nou, they will have won their first title since 1996.
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Xavi is linked with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the Star. The diminutive Barcelona midfielder worked under José Mourinho and Louis van Gaal when he emerged into the Barça first-team in 1998 and actually made his debut at Old Trafford.
Fraizer Campbell wants to leave relegated Cardiff, and former club Hull City could be interested in the striker, say the Mirror.
Steve Bruce brought Campbell, who scored nine goals this season, to Sunderland in 2009. Campbell also enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Tigers during their promotion-winning campaign in 2007-08.
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