Well, it was fun while it lasted, but it seems any hopes Sheffield United had of signing Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo, are all but over.
Reports this week have suggested United are in the mix for Diallo, who is set for a loan move away from Old Trafford this summer. After paying £37m for him last year, the Red Devils are keen to see how Diallo does with regular game-time.
Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic even admitted in midweek he was a player the club were interested in. However, in what could be a bitter blow for the Blades, respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has said Diallo is only interested in Premier League clubs.
And with Romano saying Crystal Palace have already made their interest known, it would appear Sheffield United’s own hopes are in tatters.
The need for new players is hugely apparent as things stand at Bramall Lane. Another loss today, this time to Huddersfield Town, has left United with just a single point from their opening four games.
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Oh well. It looks like the Blades won’t be landing Diallo and we’ll have to look elsewhere for some creativity going forward.
It’s a shame, but this deal was always going to be tough. As soon as clubs got wind that Manchester United would do a deal, there was always going to be interest from other clubs.
Of course, the United board might surprise us all. And if they did land Diallo, we could all tip our hats to them.
But Romano is usually spot on with his transfer reports. It seems, then, that the dream of landing Amad Diallo is over before it ever really got going.