Sheffield United are keen on signing Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter but could be beaten to the punch thanks for Leeds United staying in the Premier League.
As reported on Sheffield United News previously, The Sun had claimed that United, Leeds, and PSV Eindhoven were all keeping tabs on the impressive defender. Clarke-Salter is out of contract this summer and enjoyed a fine season with Coventry City this season just gone.
However, the Sheffield Star has reported today that while the Blades remain keen on the Chelsea man, Leeds’ successful survival bid means they could now hold pole position. The 24-year-old is expected to have a number of options to choose from this summer, and Leeds could now offer him an attractive package.
Clarke-Salter made 30 appearances for Coventry this season but was left out of all but one of the Sky Blues’ final eight games of the campaign. The defender has made 12 appearances for the England under-21s and has made a handful of first-team appearances for Chelsea too.
Sheffield United are expected to sign a number of new players this summer. They also face a fight to keep hold of Sander Berge and others, who could attract interest from Europe.
Our View: Clarke-Salter Would Be Perfect But Leeds Have The Money
This is why Sheffield United need to get their summer business done quickly if they can. The longer things go, the more other clubs can come sniffing and when it’s Premier League sides, the Blades don’t stand much chance.
Leeds can offer huge money on contracts compared to United. The big question really for Clarke-Salter is would he play under Jesse Marsch. Likewise, he might ask himself the same question at Bramall Lane, given the back three is pretty much confirmed.
Regardless, though, Jake Clarke-Salter represents a good signing for United. If we can get him on a free, and entice him to The Lane, it will be smart business indeed by the club.