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Record-breaking teen Shaw joins Man United

LONDON -- England left-back Luke Shaw became the most expensive teenage footballer in history after joining Manchester United from Premier League rivals Southampton on Friday in a four-year deal worth a reported 30 million pounds (US$51 million).

The fee for the 18-year-old, who has just returned from England's worst-ever World Cup campaign, surpassed the 25.6-million-pound fee United paid Everton for Wayne Rooney in 2004.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton Football Club,” a United statement said.

While both clubs refused to confirm the exact transfer fee, a statement on Southampton's website said Shaw had become “the most expensive teenager ever.”

His arrival at Old Trafford meant United had taken their spending on new players to an estimated 60 million pounds in two days as they rebuild after a dire 2013/14 season.

Thursday saw United complete their first signing since Louis van Gaal, currently coaching the Netherlands at the World Cup, became their manager after midfielder Ander Herrera joined from Athletic Bilbao for a reported 28.5 million pounds.

“I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United,” Shaw told his new club's website after passing a medical.

While thanking Southampton, the south coast club he had been with since the age of eight and for whom he made 67 senior appearances since his professional debut in 2012, Shaw said he'd no hesitation in joining United.

“I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that,” he said.

“I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club.”

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