Bringing in some European flavour in preparation for our potential European adventure.
It might not be the sole reason that we’re hunting this person down, but it’s certainly one way to link the two stories together.
With Premier League safety pretty much guaranteed at this stage, the time has come for the Blades to start looking at who they are going to have in their team next campaign, and despite having one of the best defences in the division, it looks as if they’re planning on making it even better. Although they might find a major barrier in their way.
According to reports from Turkish outlet Fotospor, Sheffield United might have to cancel their pursuit of goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The report claims that the Blades were chasing him during the January transfer window, but had a €13m bid rejected and have now valued him at €30m.
Now whilst Sheffield United are likely to come into a lot of money this summer as a result of their finish in the Premier League, this is a pursuit that the club swiftly need to call to an end for two reasons.
Should we be looking at bringing in someone like Cakir?
One is the cost, which is just astronomical for a goalkeeper, and would put him amongst one of the highest fees ever paid for one. For someone who isn’t even a regular for their country, it’s just too much of a risk to take even if it would be a relative drop in the ocean in their funds.
The second reason of which concerns their current goalkeeper Dean Henderson. I’ve spoken before about how important it is going to be for the club to keep things as similar to this season as possible and keep a ‘core’ of players together, and regardless of whether we are in Europe or not, I believe that the back line is something that needs to be protected at all costs.
So I’d much rather us go after keeping Henderson in the side rather than taking a risk on someone like Cakir and potentially disrupting the good thing that we’ve got going on at Bramall Lane right now.