Speculation continues to surround the future of Tottenham left-back Danny Rose despite continuous injury setbacks throughout the 2017/18 season meaning he has barely featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
A summer exit from north London looks increasingly likely, and if reports in The Sun are to be believed, it would be clear to see why. The newspaper believes that Manchester United would be prepared to offer £40 million plus flop Luke Shaw in exchange for the England international.
Given that Rose has made just 14 appearances this season, with only three Premier League starts in 2018, that would be a huge fee and a ready made replacement for a bit part player.
Some may question whether Shaw would be an improvement, especially seeing as he has only played 51 minutes more this season in an extra two appearances, but that would miss the point.
Shaw enjoyed the best spell of his career under Pochettino at Southampton and both parties have spoken of their desire to work together again in the future, so if anyone is to get the best out of him again it would be the Argentinian.
Beyond that, Ben Davies has already showed that if Shaw does struggle, there is capable back-up already in the Lilywhites’ ranks. The Welshman has made the spot his own in the current campaign and would thrive on the competition of fighting with Shaw.
Such strength in depth is key to Tottenham’s supposed weakness of a lack of depth to compete for titles, and so finding a replacement for Rose is crucial.
Even beyond just looking at whether Shaw would be an adequate replacement, an additional £40 million would make it an unbelievable piece of business for one of the best traders in the game in Daniel Levy.