Sheffield United are free to make an official approach to sign now former Chelsea defender, Jake Clarke-Salter, after the Blues confirmed his exit today.
Clarke-Salter is being linked with a move to Bramall Lane after impressing while on loan with Coventry City last season.
The young defender has been with Chelsea for 16 years but leaves having failed to make an impression on the first-team. Clarke-Salter is among four players being released by Chelsea today, with the club confirming his exit on their official website.
It means The Blades are now free to move in to sign Clarke-Salter, should the wish to do so. Stephen Bettis has already admitted a cash bid is in for a player, while he confirmed a free-agent also had an offer. That player could well be Clarke-Salter, with nothing further reported on another freebie United have been linked with, Joe Rothwell.
The Blades are looking to add a number of new faces to the squad this summer. Paul Heckingbottom has admitted he sees six or seven gaps in the squad, which he plans on filling using new faces or academy talents.
Our View: Time To Make The Move To Sign Clarke-Salter
United won’t pick up many free-transfers with as much potential as this over the summer. So with Clarke-Salter now officially out of Chelsea, the time is now to strike.
There will probably already have been some sort of chat had anyway. But with the path now clear, there has to be a direct push from the United board if they wish to do a deal here. Clarke-Salter is not short of admirers, so any hesitation from United could be costly.
Clarke-Salter is a good option for the club. Young, yet proven at this level, as well as being a player who could have a nice sell-on value down the line.