Manchester United are prepared to test Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve in the New Year by offering Luke Shaw in a player-plus-cash deal for Danny Rose. The England international has managed two Premier League appearances for Spurs after his recovery from a long-term knee injury last month.
According to The Mirror, United could retain their interest in Rose during the January transfer window with Mourinho keen to reinforce the left side of the backline. The Red Devils have utilised Ashley Young as the makeshift left-back with success in recent months, but Mourinho still appears keen on a left-back, who could make a difference on either side of the pitch.
Rose was surprisingly left out of the matchday squad during Saturday’s north London derby defeat versus Arsenal, but The Mirror understands the discussion was purely made to work on his fitness rather than a rift with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Shaw-Rose saga has been ongoing since the start of August, and according to The Mirror, United could offer as much as £40m plus the out-of-favour Luke Shaw in order to push through a move midway through the campaign.
There is no doubt regarding Rose’s ability to adjust to any new environment, but Spurs are likely to play hardball in negotiations considering that they have a lengthy schedule involving European commitments in the second half of the season.