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Report: Blades edging closer to completing deal for Richairo Zivkovic
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Report: Blades edging closer to completing deal for Richairo Zivkovic

The Blades are edging closer to completing a deal for striker, Richario Zivokovic. 

According to Sheffield Star reporter, Andy Giddings, the Dutchman is in Sheffield and stayed in the city last night as talks continued.

Zivkovic is currently plying his trade over in China with Changchun Yatai. However, he is thought to be keen on a move back to Europe, with the Blades looking to seal his signing before Friday’s deadline.

DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Richairo Zivkovic of Holland U21, Justin Kluivert of Holland U21 during the match between Holland U21 v Ukraine U21 at the De Vijverberg on October 16, 2018 in Doetinchem Netherlands (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The Dutch forward has impressed over in the Far East. He scored an impressive 21 goals across all competitions last season. 


Having broke through the Ajax academy, Zivkovic enjoyed a number of loan spells before signing for Changchun. A move back to Europe now would bring an end to his spell in China after just 12 months.

The Blades are keen on landing a new striker. Earlier in the day, they allowed Callum Robinson to join West Brom on a loan deal. This, it seems, would indicate they are confident of a deal with Zivkovic.

(L-R) Vitalii Mykolenko of Ukraine u21, Richairo Zivkovic of Netherlands u21 during the EURO U21 2019 qualifying match between The Netherlands U21 and Ukraine U21 at the Vijverberg stadium on October 16, 2018 in Doetinchem, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Currently United have Oli McBurnie, Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, and Lys Mousset on the books. Leon Clarke, too, remains a Blades player having featured in the FA Cup at the weekend.

A brand new option

Chris Wilder has always spoken of evolving as a football club and moving forward. That’s why bringing in a new striker such as Zivkovic is a demonstration of this evolution.

The 23-year-old is quick and can run in behind. This could prove useful for the Blades, especially given Mousset’s inability to complete 90 minutes on a regular basis.

It gives Wilder extra attacking impetus and suddenly brings the squad to life. The bench, in recent weeks, has looked lightweight in terms of difference makers.

Zivkovic would, more than likely, be on that bench to start with. However, given his goals record in China, it might not be too long before we see him firing them in for Sheffield United.

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