Barnsley forward Daryl Dike has outlined that he would be prepared to sit down with the Tykes at the end of the season to discuss potentially staying with the club if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Dike has been one of the standout players for Barnsley in the second half of the campaign that has seen them emerge now as favourites to secure a top-six finish in the Championship. The 20-year-old has fired in an impressive tally of eight goals in his 14 league appearances. That has seen him attract interest from the likes of Manchester United, Leeds United, Chelsea and West Ham.
Barnsley’s chief executive Dane Murphy has already recently revealed that the forward’s release clause is less than has been widely reported and that it is a fee that the Tykes would be able to afford to pay for him. That suggests that there is a realistic chance that the forward could be set to remain at Oakwell and join the club on a more permanent basis.
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The 20-year-old has delivered an update on his intentions in the summer to The Sun, it is reported that he outlined that he would be prepared to sit down with the Tykes in the summer to discuss his potential long-term future if they are promoted to the Premier League. That suggests that keeping hold of him would be dependent on them getting over the line in the promotion race.
This is a major positive update for the Tykes and gives them real hope now of keeping hold of Dike in the summer. The forward has been sensational for them and it seemed like his form might have seen him outgrow Barnsley and be set for a move to potentially one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. However, it seems that he is certainly open to remaining at Oakwell.
Barnsley need to use that to their advantage in the summer if they earn promotion and must surely do all they can to secure his signing if they do go up. Murphy has already suggested that they will be able to afford his transfer fee, so if they do go up it seems there is a real chance that Dike will be with them in the top-flight which would be exciting.
Dike is someone with a major future in the game if he fulfils his potential and Barnsley would likely be able to get their investment in him back and then some if he performed well in the top-flight. It seems like a no-brainer to the Tykes if they do go up especially now that the forward has revealed he would be open to the permanent switch.