George Baldock is back on Celtic’s transfer radar as Ange Postecoglou looks to strengthen his squad following his arrival in Glasgow.
Baldock was a player monitored by the Hoops a couple of years ago following Mikael Lustig’s departure, but he remained at Bramall Lane and has continued to establish himself as a key player for the Blades.
But the Daily Record now claim that Baldock is back on Celtic’s radar, and is believed to be high up the club’s list of targets as they look to address the full-back area.
Baldock, who signed a four-year deal at Bramall Lane in December, has made 139 appearances for United since arriving from MK Dons in the summer of 2017.
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Last season, he made 32 appearances in the Premier League and was a key player in what was a disappointing campaign for the club, culminating in relegation.
As Slavisa Jokanovic prepares his squad for their first season back in the Championship, many will be hopeful that Baldock remains at Bramall Lane.
Here, though, we take a look at one winner and one loser at Sheffield United if Baldock did end up leaving for Celtic Park…
Winner: Jayden Bogle
Baldock’s departure would obviously leave a space to be filled at right-back, and Jayden Bogle would be champing at the bit to fill that void.
Bogle arrived at Bramall Lane from Derby County last summer, but has since made only 21 appearances for the club having been behind Baldock in the pecking order.
Bogle made only 12 starts in the Premier League last season, and whilst he may have plenty of time to develop, Baldock’s departure would leave a door open for the 20-year-old.
Loser: Slavisa Jokanovic
Jokanovic undoubtedly has a big task on his hands this summer as he looks to arrest United’s slide and lead them back into the Premier League.
But whilst bringing in new players will be high up on the Serbian’s priority list, he will also be keen to keep the core of the squad together which led them to promotion in 2018/19 together.
United may have struggled in the top-flight last season, but their squad mainly consists of the same group of players who took them up under Chris Wilder in 2019.
Baldock, along with the likes of John Fleck, Jack O’Connell and John Egan were all mainstays in that team, so to lose a player of his ilk and experience of winning promotion would be a blow.