Just a month or so down the line from the transfer window slamming shut, and Sheffield United are once again being linked with a move for Barcelona winger, Alex Collado.
Collado was expected to sign for United on deadline day. However, a number of factors, which Prince Abdullah later attributed to printer problems (make of that what you will), meant the 22-year-old stayed in Catalonia.
Just a few weeks ago, Collado was once again linked with United. Barca boss Ronald Koeman has no interest in playing the young Spaniard. It seems, then, that a January move for the forward is likely.
However, if United want to land Collado, then they might have to stave off European giants AC Milan to do so. That’s according to Sempre Milan, who claim to have spoken to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo regarding Milan’s interest in Collado.
It’s suggested that Milan have made initial contact via representatives to see if a deal for Collado is possible. As things stand, though, nothing is said to be concrete.
It means that United, if they wanted to do so, can launch another move for Collado in January. Slavisa Jokanovic is said to want more width in the squad after failing to land a winger in the summer.
Our View: Alex Collado remains a risky signing
And that’s just how it is, in reality. If he comes in January, he’ll need time to adjust to United, the Championship, and Slavisa’s style of play. By the time he does get up to speed, it might be a wasted signing anyway.
Milan’s interest is something to take note of, however. It suggests that Collado is certainly a talent worth looking at. After all, why would AC Milan be looking if you’re not a decent player? Let’s not forget, this is a player that Barca fans once compared to Lionel Messi!
If United did sign Collado, then we’d all be behind it and keeping fingers crossed he did well. But there still remains plenty of risk here as well.