Sheffield United are unlikely to be willing to pay the sort of fee that Fulham are going to be looking to receive for Tom Cairney this summer, according to the Sheffield Star.
Football League World first revealed that the midfielder was on the radar of Sheffield United this summer, with Slavisa Jokanovic interested in reuniting with a player who was essential to him guiding Fulham to the Premier League in the 2017/18 campaign.
A further report from teamTALK revealed that Fulham would be aiming to receive a fee of around £10 million for the midfielder if they were to sanction any possible exit for the 30-year-old. While that report also outlined they would wait to decide on his future until Scott Parker’s future was clearer.
Sheffield Star also previously outlined that the Blades were aware they only have a slim chance of signing Cairney this summer. It was also believed that Fulham might even raise their valuation of him to keep him to avoid selling to a possible promotion rival.
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This latest update now reveals that Sheffield United are not likely to meet the £10 million asking price that Fulham have placed on Cairney this summer. That suggests that the chances of this deal happening are now very slim.
You can see why Sheffield United would not be prepared to go all the way up to £10 million to sign Cairney this summer. A few years ago when the midfielder was really pulling the strings for Fulham and was arguably their most important player, then he might have been someone worth that kind of fee. However, he is now in his 30s and would not have much resale value at all if signed now.
You can understand why Fulham have placed a valuation on him that is as steep as they have. That is because they would have been aware that Jokanovic highly rates the midfielder and that it was possible he would come in for him this summer. Selling to a potential promotion rival would make little sense unless they recouped a major fee for him.
It does seem from this update that Sheffield United are now going to be forced to move on towards other targets now. That might not be the worst thing for them at this stage as it has at least given them plenty of time to pursue other options in that midfield area.