Sheffield United could struggle to get a deal over the line for Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott this summer, according to latest reports from The Athletic.
Elliott has been mentioned as a player United want to bring in this summer to add fresh impetus to their midfield options. The teenager was brilliant for Blackburn Rovers last season, hitting double figures in assists and scoring seven goals.
New Blades boss, Slavisa Jokanovic, knows of Elliott from his time with Fulham previously. Given United’s lack of goals from midfield, Elliott would have been a more than welcome addition.
But The Athletic report that any advances from United or elsewhere are likely to be rebuffed by Liverpool. It’s claimed Jurgen Klopp wants to keep Elliott.
He is seens as being able to cover for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane during the African Cup of Nations in January. Further, Xherdan Shaqiri is also expected to leave. That, in turn, opens another door for Elliott.
There is, as we know, still a long way to go in this transfer window. For all we know, Liverpool could sign someone new, pushing Elliott down the pecking order again.
But for now, at least, it seems like United and Jokanovic will have to look elsewhere.
The right sort of target
While the Blades haven’t signed anyone as of yet, looking at players like Harvey Elliott is the way forward.
It’s vitally important the midfield is strengthened and goals and creativity is added. Last season was simply unacceptable, and with Lundstram leaving, we need to fill the void.
There is no doubt that Jokanovic will want at least one or two players. His intentions with Elliott have made that clear. Now, it’s just a question of who the club goes for in the coming weeks.
If Elliott is the standard that we’re looking at, then it bodes well.