Recently relegated Championship side Sheffield United are to focus on the domestic market when looking for recruitments this summer, according to Yorkshire Live.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are yet to make a signing in this transfer window after seeing Phil Jagielka, John Lundstram, Simon Moore and Jack Rodwell all leave the club in the summer, although the Serbian is reported to be reasonably happy with how his existing squad is shaping up.
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Full-backs Jayden Bogle and George Baldock have also been monitored by Norwich City and Celtic respectively during the window, although interest in the pair has seemingly died down, something you couldn’t say about the previous two.
With Jokanovic having time to assess his squad and these rumoured departures, the club are now set to enter the transfer market, free of any EFL financial restrictions after generating a considering amount of revenue in the Premier League during the last two years.
And while the Blades are looking at potential targets in Europe, with Italian side Sampdoria offering the Championship side a chance to sign former Leeds United midfielder Ronald Viera, their focus is mainly on the UK market.
A Football League World exclusive back in May revealed Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney was at the top of Jokanovic’s wishlist, with the pair spending three years together at Craven Cottage between 2015 and 2018.
This latest development will only go on to fuel more speculation about the 30-year-old’s future in west London.
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has made it slightly more complex for Championship clubs to sign players from Europe, perhaps one of the reasons why Jokanovic is calling on his young players to step up next season.
This willingness to bring through youth could therefore work well as a long-term strategy and after Brexit, could be a beneficial way for the South Yorkshire side to flourish in the future.
However, there are still plenty of good deals to be done in the domestic market if the Blades’ recruitment team can pull them off – and Tom Cairney is just one of many players who could be arriving at Bramall Lane this summer.