Sheffield United could be beaten to the punch in the race to sign goalkeeper, Ugurcan Cakir, with Chelsea reportedly keen on the Turkish stopper.
The Blades have been credited with an interest in the 23-year-old Trabzonspor man. Cakir has been in fine form this season, helping the Turkish giants maintain a push for the league title in what is a gripping race for the top.
Just a single point separates the top four clubs in the Super Lig. Trabzonspor are in second, having only lost three games all season.
However, any hopes the Blades might have of landing Cakir could be hindered with Chelsea’s reported interest. The Daily Mail claims the Blues are keeping tabs on the stopper with one on replacing the under-pressure Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Sheffield United do have links in Turkish football thanks to Fenerbahce board member, Selahattin Baki. The businessman was a previous member of the board at Bramall Lane when Prince Abdullah initially took a stake in the club.
United and their manager, Chris Wilder, will know competing with the likes of Chelsea will be tough. Furthermore, Liverpool are also said to be
keeping an eye on Cakir’s situation in Turkey.
Chris Wilder keeping options open when it comes to his goalkeeping situation
Sheffield United can have no guarantee that Dean Henderson will return next season. Despite a host of differing reports claiming the Man United man could spend another year away from Old Trafford, the Blades cannot bank on it happening.
They do have Simon Moore and Michael Verrips on the books. However, it is obvious given Henderson’s rise to number one that Wilder sees both those players as back-ups for now.
Keeping tabs on Cakir seems a wise move, then. But Wilder will be fully aware that both Liverpool and Chelsea have greater spending power.
It’s highly likely, then, that Cakir is just one of a number of options being considered by the Blades.