Oli McBurnie remains the number one Sheffield United target despite Swansea City rejecting their £15m bid.
BBC Sport broke the news that the offer from Bramall Lane for McBurnie was turned down. The Swans do not want to sell, but if they are to be tempted will need to receive in excess of £20m for the 23-year-old.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blades will concentrate their “immediate efforts” on signing McBurnie after being rebuffed. They now know how much they will have to pay to make that happen.
Wales Online says that Swansea “will do everything in their power to retain the services of McBurnie.” New manager Steve Cooper has made it clear the striker is a key part of his plans for next season.
The South Wales club are also in a stronger financial position than they were at the start of the summer. This means they are under less pressure to sell their best assets.
The sale of Daniel James to Manchester United and the expected departures of Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Borja Baston and Jefferson Montero has helped them balance the books.
What if Swansea don’t sell Oli McBurnie?
It seems that the Blades have made it clear McBurnie is their preferred choice in the hunt for a new forward. Manager Chris Wilder is keen to add at least one to his squad following promotion to the Premier League.
So far two new attacking options have been signed in Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson. Yet, unlike McBurnie, neither is considered a natural number nine.
If Wilder does fail in his pursuit of the Scotland international, then Brentford’s Neal Maupay is also on the wish list.
The Evening Standard reports that Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in Maupay as well. This is after the Frenchman scored 28 goals in all competitions last term.
While no concrete offers have been made, it’s understood the Bees have received enquiries. They are under no pressure to sell and value the 22-year-old at around £20m.