Sheffield United chief executive Stephen Bettis has insisted that the Blades are planning to keep hold of all of their key players this summer and are only interested in improving the squad.
There have already been one or two reports emerging over the futures of some key players from their squad. It has been reported that Arsenal are interested in making a move for midfielder Sander Berge, while Kean Bryan has been linked with a possible move to Schalke.
In terms of potential incomings, the Blades have already been credited with an interest in Fulham’s Tom Cairney. Although the latest report from the Sheffield Star suggested that it is unlikely they will be able to sign him.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Bettis has insisted that he does not want to see the club lose any of their key players this summer, and also that he is only thinking about adding to the squad. While he also outlined the relegation clauses and parachute payments will offset the financial impacts of relegation.
He said: That’s what parachute payments are there for, to help with that hangover. All of our players have relegation clauses in their contracts. That puts us in a stronger position financially.
“We don’t want any of our players to leave, simple as that. We just want to strengthen. There has to be sustainability, it’s not boom or bust. But Slav does have the ability to bring players in this window and he knows that.
This is a very encouraging update from Bettis and it would serve to suggest that the Blades are going to be a difficult club to negotiate with this summer if and when teams come in for some of their key players. It seems as though Sheffield United are very much planning to give it a real go next term and will use the summer to enhance the options available to them.
It is always a difficult balancing act for clubs to perform when they are relegated, but from the sounds of things Sheffield United remain in the position where they do not have to sell key players. That should help Slavisa Jokanovic build for next season knowing he will have the majority of the current squad to work with.
There might still be one or two players that leave the club, but Bettis’ update reveals that the Blades will be holding out for a large valuation on them and that would give them extra funds to invest in the squad. If all of this comes together for them then they will be well placed to challenge for promotion.