Sheffield United full-back George Baldock has been outlined as an early transfer target for Celtic following the appointment of Ange Postecoglou last month, according to The Star.
It now seems that if the new Celtic boss wants to pursue this deal further, then he is likely to instruct his recruitment team to place an official bid that is lower than The Blades’ valuation.
Celtic’s strategy seems to be mirroring Arsenal’s recent approach. The Gunners have made little effort to meet the asking price for United duo, Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge.
A figure between £5 million and £8 million is the reported figure that Celtic are willing to pay – a number that falls well short of the recently relegated Premier League club’s estimation.
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In line with the club’s board at the highest level, new Sheffield United manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, is not prepared to sell any player who is set to become an integral part of his squad next year unless a monumental offer is received.
Despite not posing the same level of attacking threat as the season before, Baldock still displayed his importance during The Blades’ relegation campaign.
For Baldock himself, he still has a decent chance of returning to the Premier League. Last season proved that if relegated top-tier clubs can keep their core squad together, then they have a brilliant chance of bouncing back right away.
However, Celtic hold a position where they could potentially offer Champions League football. Also, the fact that Rangers have now disrupted the Parkhead club’s recent domestic dominance, provides another exciting pro to the prospect of making the move north of the border.
It seems that The Blades will not budge on their valuation and as a result, Baldock could be free to light up the Championship once again.
At 28-years-old he still has the energy and drive to continually get up and down the right flank, and with the quality he does possess in attacking scenarios, it would be a real shame for Sheffield United fans to see him depart.