The Blades could have hit a potential snag in their pursuit of West Brom forward, Oliver Burke, with United and West Brom yet to come to terms on the structure of the deal.
Although a swap-deal is expected to take place which would see Callum Robinson move to the Hawthorns, reports suggest that there is a potential hold-up in the deal.
Sky Sports claims that both the Blades and the Baggies are arguing over whether one of the clubs should pay a fee in order to ‘level up’ the deal. Albion paid around £15m for Burke a few seasons back, while United shelled out over £7m on Robinson just last summer.
However, the snag is not expected to see any deal cancelled. It appears to be more a case of trying to get the finer details of the move sorted and ensuring neither club feels ripped off.
Chris Wilder spoke prior to the weekend about being confident of bringing in a number of new faces. The Blades boss wants five new players. Burke, along with Derby pair Max Lowe and Jayden Bogle, should be confirmed in the coming days.
The Blades boss, then, maybe kept waiting as he pursues another striker and a defender for the group.
No surprises here, the deal will get done either way
It’s not surprising to hear this sort of news emerging this weekend. Both clubs paid big money for their respective players and both parties want to make sure the deal being struck now is the right one.
For United, we can’t really be in a position to be asking for too much money for Robinson. Yes, we shelled out a decent fee but Burke was worth double that just a few seasons ago.
We expect this deal to be concluded as a straight swap in the end. Robinson clearly loved his time at West Brom and wants the move, while Burke will be desperate to prove himself after a few years which have halted his career somewhat.