The future of reported Sheffield United target, Alex Collado, appears to have finally been resolved, with the winger set for a move to Spanish side, Granada.
Collado was said to be high on the list of former manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s targets. A deal collapsed on deadline to bring Collado to Bramall Lane. Differing stories have emerged as to why that move broke down. However, it is believed it was down to money, with the terms reportedly altered at the last moment.
However, up until last month, United were still being linked with Collado. But with Paul Heckingbottom taking over from Jokanovic and results picking up, that talks has all but disappeared.
And the final nail in the coffin for any deal involving Collado and Sheffield United seems to have been confirmed by Barcelona this evening. They have confirmed, via their Twitter account, that the Spaniard has agreed to move to Granada on loan.
Collado was thought to be one of the options the former management team wanted to solve the issue of wingers in their preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Our View: Alex Collado To Granada Shouldn’t Surprise United Fans
We said it at the time a deal was rejected, and we’ve maintained the stance since. There was simply no chance – or the smallest chance possible – of Alex Collado winding up in Sheffield. And that stance was further strengthened when Heckingbottom took over.
This United squad has more than enough to succeed. Sure, Collado might have helped under Jokanovic. But he’s simply not needed under ‘Hecky’, nor would he probably fit the ethos under the new coaching structure.
In terms of the player, this is great news for Collado. He wasn’t registered by Barca and unable to play at all. So the fact they’ve sorted a deal to get him football, is a positive. Of course, we’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.
Crucially, and it seems finally, we can all move on from Alex Collado and look forward to life under Heckingbottom for now.