Sheffield United might have to stump up a hefty chunk of change if they wish to land Farense midfielder, Ryan Gauld, in the summer window.
Gauld is apparently on the radar of United. As reported last month on Sheffield United News, the playmaker is interesting around 30 clubs.
But a move from the Vancouver Whitecaps could have stumped everyone, according to a report from Transfermarkt. They suggest the Whitecaps have offered Gauld a contract worth $3m-a-year (around the £2.1m mark or £40k-a-week).
Other clubs such as Southampton are keen. While according to Transfermarkt writer Manuel Veth, Celtic are also in the hunt to sign the impressive 25-year-old.
Gauld got his big break with Dundee United before completing a surprise move for Portugal with Sporting Lisbon back in 2014. However, he struggled to make an impact in Lisbon. A number of loan moves followed – including a brief spell back in Scotland with Hibernian – before Gauld signed for Farense in 2019.
Since then, Gauld has excelled. But despite his good form, Farense will still relegated from the Portuguese top flight.
The Blades are said to be in the market for midfield players who can help create in the final third. Gauld, who scored nine and set up a further seven last term, would seem to fit the bill.
Sheffield United News View: Gauld to the MLS seems likely here, time to move on
It was a tenious link in the first place anyway, this one. United were bound to be interested in Ryan Gauld, especially given most clubs in England at our level seem to have registered some sort of interest.
But these moves to the MLS seem attractive. Gauld can land himself a nice contract and be one of the star names over there. Of course, he might fancy proving himself in England, but it’s unlikely he’ll get that money.
At Bramall Lane, £40k-a-week would put him firmly among the top earners and beyond. In a nutshell, United won’t be paying this out for Gauld or anyone else in all likelihood.
Time, then, to move on from this one it seems.