While Sheffield United have yet to bring anyone in, they’ve also yet to sell any of their top stars, despite constant talk about Sander Berge and Aaron Ramsdale.
Thus far, the Blades have knocked back offers and approaches for the in-demand pair. United’s board are, it seems, sticking to their guns and demanding mega-money.
The same can’t be said, however, for one of their promotion rivals, West Brom. Reports from The Express this evening have claimed that West Ham are now in talks to sign their star man, Matheus Pereira.
It’s suggested the Hammers might pay as much as £25m for Pereira, who was the shining light for the Baggies last season. New boss Valerien Ismael has already consigned himself to losing the playmaker. Ismael, who moved to the Hawthorns from Barnsley, has apparently banished the Brazilian from first-team training.
But what does this mean for Sheffield United? And can it really have a huge impact on the Blades’ own promotion hopes? Well, in a nutshell, the answer is yes.
West Brom will miss Matheus Pereira, make no mistake
Whenever you see one of your main rivals getting worse, it’s obviously a massive bonus. And while United must focus on themselves, there’s no getting away from the fact Pereira leaving helps them.
This is a player who was brilliant in the Premier League last term. He scored 11 goals, and provided a further six assists. For comparison, that’s just three less goal involvements than United had as a team. The Blades’ 20 league goals compounding a miserable campaign.
You only have to look at someone like Emi Buendia as well. The Argentinian was the star for Norwich when they were relegated, and he stayed put.
He then helped the Canaries to promotion last term, rattling in 15 goals and contributing a further 16 assists before sealing a big money move to Aston Villa.
Make no mistake, then, that Pereira going to West Ham helps Sheffield United and Slavisa Jokanovic.