Both Neal Maupay and Luke Freeman are “interested in exploring the possibility of joining Sheffield United,” reports the Sheffield Star.
The two players are major targets for the Blades as they look to strengthen their squad following promotion to the Premier League.
Maupay is understandably attracting plenty of suitors this summer after scoring 28 goals in all competitions last season. The Daily Mail says that Aston Villa, Burnley and Sevilla are also keen on the Brentford top scorer.
It’s thought the Bees would require around £20m to sell Maupay, Meanwhile, his representatives will use the wide interest to drive up the 22-year-old’s personal demands.
Yet it’s said that the Frenchman “puts football before finance”, so the forward could still fit into United’s wage structure.
Manager Chris Wilder is keen to add at least one new striker to his ranks and also has a serious interest in Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie.
Luke Freeman to Sheffield United?
According to West London Sport, the Blades have already had a £4m offer for Freeman rejected by QPR. Apparently the attacker would cost “significantly more.”
However, it’s believed that Freeman does fit into the transfer budget allocated to Wilder.
The potential deal is further complicated because The Comet claims Stevenage are entitled to 10 percent of any fee the R’s receive. This is because of a clause included when Freeman left the League Two club for Bristol City in 2014.
New Rangers boss Mark Warburton doesn’t want to lose the 27-year-old either. His position is further strengthened by the fact that last summer, Freeman extended his contract at Loftus Road until 2021.
Yet if the former Arsenal trainee does decide he wants a move to England’s top flight, it would be difficult for Warburton to stand in his way.
Wilder is having to manage his budget very carefully. Paddy McNair and Scott Sinclair have also been linked. But any potential deal for them could impact upon signing Freeman or Maupay.