Sheffield United Digest: Slavisa Jokanovic makes exciting squad admission | Arsenal 'interested in Ramsdale' | Transfer latest on Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City
Sander Berge to Arsenal had been expected to be one of the long-running transfer sagas this summer – but the Gunners may complicate matters further after being linked with a £20m move for one of Berge’s Sheffield United teammates.
Reports yesterday suggested that Arsenal were looking at Aaron Ramsdale after the goalkeeper was called into the England squad for Euro 2020, even if the £20m fee is around half of what the Blades hierarchy believe Ramsdale is worth.
If Mikel Arteta does decide to pursue an interest in Ramsdale, it raises the possibility that his employers will attempt to package the two proposed deals together - a tactic commonly used to drive down the fees paid for those involved. More HERE
Boss makes encouraging squad admission
Slavisa Jokanovic is prepared to wait until later this summer before bolstering the options at his disposal, after telling Sheffield United’s hierarchy he is impressed with the quality of the squad he will inherit at the beginning of next month.
The Serb, who is scheduled to start work at Bramall Lane on July 1, has spent the past fortnight studying the strengths and weaknesses of the group he hopes to lead to promotion next season after being confirmed as Chris Wilder’s successor last month. More HERE
Ramsdale reflects on “crazy” week ahead of England v Scotland
When England kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with victory over Croatia last weekend, Aaron Ramsdale was celebrating “like a crazy person” at his house in Bournemouth having tried and failed to get a ticket for Wembley.
Less than a week later, when England face the auld enemy Scotland on Friday night, Ramsdale will have a front-row seat on the bench after being drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the rest of the tournament.
It has certainly been a whirlwind few days for the Sheffield United goalkeeper, who will become the first Blades player to represent England at a major tournament since fellow stopper Alan Hodgkinson at the 1962 World Cup in Chile.
“I don’t know how to put it into words,” admitted Ramsdale, who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s pre-Euros squad before initially not making the 26-man cut. More HERE
New boss plans talks with Blades duo
Slavisa Jokanovic is expected to speak with both Regan Slater and Kean Bryan during his first week in charge of Sheffield United, after it emerged both men are being courted by rival clubs.
As The Star reported earlier this week, Hull City believe they can agree a deal for Slater despite United’s decision to extend the midfielder’s contract following his successful spell on loan at the KCOM Stadium last term.
Bryan has also received an offer from Bramall Lane’s hierarchy following the expiry of his deal, but is known to have been monitored by teams both at home and abroad earlier this year. More HERE
Blades goalkeeper set to receive his big chance
Sheffield United have no immediate plans to sign a new goalkeeper to replace Simon Moore, The Star understands, with Jake Eastwood set to be given the chance to provide support for Aaron Ramsdale and Wes Foderingham next season.
Eastwood has spent most of his career at Bramall Lane out on loan, finishing last term on loan at Grimsby Town after a move to Kilmarmock was wrecked by injury.
Now fully recovered, and with United keen to continue their policy of developing home grown players, the 24-year-old has been told he can finally earn a place in new manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s first team squad providing he impresses in training. More HERE
Former Blade DCL happy to bide his time
As a youngster in Sheffield United’s academy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin dreamed of playing and scoring for England, rather than sitting on the bench – but the Everton striker is content to play whatever role is asked of him ahead of Friday’s mouth-watering clash against Scotland at Wembley. More HERE
Elsewhere in the Championship…
Old rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest could go head to head after both were linked with Wycombe Wanderers striker Uche Ikpeazu. Millwall are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old.
Sam Vokes, the former Blades loanee, could be set for an unlikely route out of Stoke City – to Shrewsbury Town on loan. The striker cost Stoke £7m early in 2019.
Bristol City are reportedly keen on signing former Leicester pair Matty James and Andy King.
Another former Blades loanee is a wanted man with reports suggesting Cardiff City, Newcastle and New York Red Bulls are interested in Spurs defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Promoted Norwich City are thought to be monitoring Peterborough United midfielder Flynn Clarke as they look to bolster their squad for the Premier League.