BK Hacken attacker Ali Youssef has confirmed there is interest in him from Sheffield United.
Youssef broke into the first team in 2019 and has made 10 appearances for the Swedish club since then, scoring one goal.
The 19-year-old has now revealed there is are plenty of sides from across Europe keen on signing him, including the Blades.
“My dream is to play in the Premier League. It’s a big league with a lot of good clubs,” Youssef told Fotbolltransfers.com.
“I don’t focus so much on it (a move), but let my agent do that part. But there are some clubs that are interested. There are teams from Holland and England, including Sheffield United.”
Who is Ali Youssef?
Youssef has spent his entire career with Hacken to date. After progressing through their youth system, he was promoted to the first team in July last year.
The teenager operates from the left wing, which is not a position that appears to fit into Chris Wilder’s system as things stand. Wilder plays a 3-5-2 formation, with the width in his team coming from the wing-backs.
That said, Youssef is still young and adaptable. Likewise, Wilder is not known as someone who stands still tactically.
Although a variation of the wing-back template has been used for much of his time in charge at Bramall Lane, it has been tweaked.
United’s promotion season from the Championship saw a number ten playing behind the two strikers. Wilder has opted for a more conservative approach since they moved up into the Premier League, with great success.
A flat midfield has seen Oliver Norwood drop into a deeper role. It has also allowed the likes of John Fleck and John Lundstram more freedom in attack.
In any case, due to his age and lack of experience, it’s unlikely Youssef would be thrust straight into the first team. Although Wilder has consistently shown, with the likes of David Brooks and more recently Sander Berge, that youngsters will be given the opportunity if they are good enough.
For Youssef, it remains to be seen if his dream move to England will materialise. And also if South Yorkshire will be the destination.