Sheffield United Digest: New manager's plan to keep star men at Lane, Blades stance on Norwich City target
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Sheffield United manager, is planning a series of talks with members of his squad who have been targeted by other clubs this summer when he officially takes charge at Bramall Lane.
The Serb, who will start work at United on July 1 when his contract in Qatar comes to an end, is aware of Arsenal’s interest in both Sander Berge and Aaron Ramsdale, while Jayden Bogle has been the latest Blade to be linked with a move elsewhere with Norwich reportedly targeting him if Max Aarons is sold.
In order to avoid seeing his promotion masterplan ruined by any unexpected departures, Jokanovic will speak with the trio on an individual basis when they report back for training next week.
Although United are encouraging bids of £35m or more for Berge, he will want to discover how the Norway international will react if a proposed switch to either Arsenal, Napoli or Aston Villa fails to materialise.
Ramsdale has also attracted interest from the Emirates Stadium. But with the goalkeeper currently on European Championship duty with England, Jokanovic will speak with the youngster’s representatives instead to clarify their client is happy to stay put.
Blades’ transfer stance on Jayden Bogle
Sheffield United have told Jayden Bogle they want him to remain at Bramall Lane next season, amid reports that Norwich City are preparing a bid for the defender ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Bogle was one of the few United players to finish last season with their reputation enhanced, impressing following a summer move from Derby County despite his new club’s relegation to the Championship.
Those performances, coupled with Bogle’s versatility, are said to have attracted admiring glances from Carrow Road where City are preparing to strengthen Daniel Farke’s squad following their recent promotion.
But with Bogle understood to be relaxed about the prospect of remaining in South Yorkshire and working under new manager Slavisa Jokanovic United will ignore any attempt by City to lure them to the negotiating table - preferring to wait until the Serb has had a chance to properly assess his options instead.
Wolves defender expects Blades to make a bid
Dion Sanderson expects Sheffield United to enter the race for his services later this summer, when new manager Slavisa Jokanovic officially takes charge at Bramall Lane.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-half, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, has already been the subject of a £1m bid by the League One club although officials at Molineux immediately turned it down.
Aware that Sanderson would prefer a move to the Championship rather than League One, United will only revise their plan to allow Jokanovic to assess the options at his disposal in the flesh before approving any in-coming deals if a rival second tier club makes an approach.
Six Blades transfer targets analysed
Sheffield United have been linked with a number of players since confirming Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager, with the former Watford and Fulham chief set to officially take charge on July 1st.
James Shield, one of The Star’s United writers, analyses some of those either hoping for moves to Bramall Lane or who are known to be on the club’s radar...
Blades love young Blade’s mocked-up kits ahead of new strip launch
A new summer means another set of shirts for Sheffield United and the Blades’ strips will have a new look for the 2021/22 season after Randox replaced USG as the club’s main sponsor.
United, like most Adidas clubs, are restricted by templates for their kits and although the German giants have produced some beauties for United in recent years, there have been some pretty average efforts too.
That has left some fans pining for kits of yesteryear, and led to Blade David Beeden’s young son having a go at designing his own – with a very retro feel, including the Adidas trefoil logo.
How Covid-19 restrictions may have an effect on Blades’ season ticket sales
Sheffield United’s season tickets for the 2021/22 campaign go on general sale tomorrow – but there is still uncertainty as to whether Bramall Lane will be at full capacity next season and, if not, what that means for those who have forked out already.
Hopes of a return to full stadia next season were raised when prime minister Boris Johnson pledged all Covid-19 restrictions would be lifted by June 21. But that date has been pushed back to July 19 because of a rise in infections caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus and with the Championship season set to start less than three weeks later, there is still uncertainty about what will happen.
Here's what we know so far…