At least seven clubs are watching Barnsley striker Daryl Dike with a view to making a move for the USA international in the summer, per TEAMtalk.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and West Ham United are all monitoring Dike’s situation following an impressive start to his time in England.
The powerful striker has scored five goals in 11 games and his recent form has led to him being named Barnsley’s Player of the Month for March.
Dike came through the college system in his native country to be selected by MLS side Orlando City in the MLS SuperDraft in 2020, and in his first season scored eight goals in 17 games.
It led to Barnsley making a late mid-season move for Dike thanks to CEO Dane Murphy’s connections with the MLS, with a deadline day loan deal being confirmed – the main intention being for Dike to get minutes before the new American season starts in April.
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But Barnsley have a transfer fee in place which they can trigger – the figure of which has been highly disputed.
Local reports from Orlando (via ESPN) believe that Barnsley can buy Dike for $20 million – equating to £14.5 million with the American club retaining a 20% sell-on clause, but Murphy labelled that price in February as ‘silly season‘.
Barnsley may not have a chance to keep Dike around though as vultures already seem to be circling around the forward, with a top Premier League club having a $10 million bid for Dike rejected earlier this month, per ESPN.
With the likes of the Red Devils, Chelsea, Leeds and others being credited with an interest now, it’s going to be very hard for Barnsley to keep Dike, even if they do get promoted and they have the fee in place.
As a youngster, Dike will surely find the allure of a huge club such as Man United hard to resist if their interest is genuine, but he may have better options elsewhere if he wants more game-time.
TEAMtalk say that Everton have the most interest in the 20-year-old but there’s set to be a real tussle for the striker this summer, who looks likely to stay in England at this point with Orlando City and the MLS set to profit massively.