Well, it isn’t the greatest news.
But at least we’ve got some backup plans in place should things fall through on one end. Let’s just hope the quality between our first choice and second choice isn’t that big a gulf, or we might regret not paying that extra couple of million pounds.
According to a report from Turkish outlet Fotomac, the Blades have had their €15m bid for goalkeeper Uğurcan Cakir rejected by his club Trabzonspor. Sheffield United have been trying to bring the Turkish stopper on board for some time now (when they were set an asking price of €30m), more than likely in anticipation that Dean Henderson doesn’t make his way back to Bramall Lane for a third time this summer.
Although as I’ve said in the past, between Cakir and Henderson, I’d much rather we go back in for the latter.
Should we be looking at bringing in someone like Cakir?
Whilst it’s not the biggest setback, I do feel though that time is very much of the essence when it comes to transfers this window. With the turnaround between the end of the season and the start of the next campaign not as long as it usually is, and pre-season set to take on a very different feel, any and all new signings are probably going to need as much time as possible with their new team to get adjusted.
Now whilst a goalkeeper doesn’t need as much time, compared to an outfield player, it’s not like he has to get used to how his strike partner runs or holds the ball up and get used to his mannerisms, he will still need to get used to the system that the head coach sets out.
And the longer we wait for him to sign on the dotted line, the higher the risk that he might not be settled in time for next season.
What about you? What do you make of this news surrounding Cakir?