Serie A giants AC Milan have joined Sheffield United in the race to sign Barcelona winger Alex Collado and have already contacted his representatives regarding a possible move, according to Mundo Deportivo’s Gabriel Sans (via Milan News).
The Blades were reported to be heavily interested in recruiting the 22-year-old back in the summer and were on the verge of doing so in the final knockings of the previous transfer window, but a last-minute alteration to the agreement from the player’s agent scuppered the move after Barcelona had signed everything off their end.
This came as a huge blow to Slavisa Jokanovic’s side who were in desperate need of at least one winger to come in with their change of system, after seeing Chris Wilder and Paul Heckingbottom operate without advanced wide men in a 5-3-2 formation for a number of years
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But Jurgen Klopp’s preference to retain the former at Liverpool and Diallo’s reluctance to drop down and play in the Championship, after arriving at Manchester United in a €40m deal in January, scuppered moves for the duo.
This leaves Collado, who remained in Spain following the collapsed move, as the most obvious option for the English second-tier side to pursue.
But AC Milan, who still ply their trade in the Italian top tier, have already approached the player’s representatives ahead of a potential move, although no formal approach to the La Liga side has been made at this stage.
It’s time for Sheffield United to move if he’s their top target – because he could go a long way in ensuring Slavisa Jokanovic’s men don’t become too one-dimensional.
With the reports about the agent changing the move just before it was due to be sealed, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Blades had many other irons in the fire going into the January transfer window, especially with the clear need to recruit a winger or two.
Ben Osborn can do a job out wide, but strength in depth and the addition of a match-winner will be key if they want to be pushing for a top-two spot at the end of the campaign.
The likes of Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster still not coming into form make this addition even more vital – and someone of a similar calibre to the likes of previous targets Elliott and Diallo could be crucial in securing their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Collado is a bit of an unknown quantity in England so it remains to be seen whether he can live up to that sort of standard, but the potential of playing every week could persuade the 22-year-old to link up with Sheffield United as opposed to travelling to Italy to play at the San Siro.