Sheffield United have made a comparatively slow start to the transfer window, but they have become busier in the last couple of weeks, as they bid to assemble a squad that can win the Championship this season.
Slavisa Jokanovic is in and has been issued the task of steering the club back to the Premier League following last season’s bottom-placed finish.
Despite a sense of optimism around The Blades’ potential for the 2021/22 campaign, the club have been hit with a Covid-19 outbreak that has forced the squad to self-isolate.
However, this setback could be a great opportunity for Jokanovic to turn his attentions to potential incomings and work on deals that are yet to be finalised.
Here, we delve into the latest Sheffield United transfer updates…
Fresh Conor Hourihane interest
The Blades have been named – alongside West Brom – as an interested party in Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane, as reported by The Athletic.
The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season with Swansea and helped steer Steve Cooper’s side into the play-offs.
Hourihane is a real creative spark who has the ability to unlock defences in an instant, whilst also possessing a brilliant footballing brain, with the midfielder chipping in with five goals and two assists last term for the Swans.
Ronaldo Vieira update
On Friday, it emerged that United have been offered the chance to sign Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, as per a report for The Athletic.
The 22-year-old made 71 appearances for Leeds before heading to Italy as part of a £6 million deal.
However, it seems that the young midfielder may return to Yorkshire, but to Bramall Lane. At 22, he still holds plenty of promise and possesses power and mobility to United’s midfield – something that is required at Bramall Lane because of John Lundstram’s departure.
Preparing for Dion Sanderson blow
Similar to their pursuit of Matt Clarke, United’s chase for Dion Sanderson is likely to end in a rather similar fashion. The 21-year-old has been a target for several Championship clubs this summer, as well as Newcastle, but the same Athletic report suggests that Birmingham are in pole position.
The Blades’ defence is an ageing one, and their interest in both Clarke and Sanderson suggests it is a priority area this summer.
United have operated with three central defenders in the side for a while now, and that is something that looks likely to continue under Slavisa Jokanovic. Therefore, it is no real surprise to see their efforts placed on this area.
Aaron Ramsdale saga
Arsenal’s pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale has been no secret. It is a story that keeps on developing and is yet to come to a conclusion.
A FLW exclusive suggested that Arsenal were readying a bid for the shot-stopper, however, The Gunners have since agreed to sign Brighton’s Ben White for £50 million.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal would be able to finance a move for Ramsdale. A report from The Star three weeks ago stated that United value the goalkeeper at around £40 million – a figure that Arsenal are unlikely to fork out now.