Arsenal could have signed £30m man for £2m, and backed off

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw is now a Manchester United player, but it could have been so very different.

Luke Shaw clinched his £30 million transfer to Manchester United last week, becoming the best paid teenager in British football with it.

It's fair to say his career is working out all to plan, already a full English international.

He could however have taken another route to the top, with Arsenal expressing interest before he even kicked a ball in the Premier League.

A book published last August, entitled The Nowhere Men by author Michael Calvin  is a factual account about the life and times of football scouts, and details interest from the Gunners regarding Luke Shaw.

It describes that Arsenal were at one stage quoted just £2 million for the defender, only to back off, unwilling to pay the fee for the youngster.

For a player who had at that stage yet to play in England's top league it is perhaps understandable, and when Southampton began to discover what a special player they had on their hands, the Gunners had missed their chance.

There is an obvious possibility that Arsenal's reluctance to do business was related to another outstanding English left-back already in their squad, Kieran Gibbs, who is underrated by far too many.

Yet considering the cover at the time extended to the woeful Andre Santos, and was necessary due to due Gibbs' frequent injury problems.

For all Arsene Wenger's clear 'hits' in the transfer market, and willingness to gamble on Theo Walcott on a young age paying off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to, he also admits he should have moved for Gareth Bale  when he had the chance.

It's likely now he feels the same way about Luke Shaw.

Is Shaw a big miss for Arsenal or is Gibbs a far better player?

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