Sheffield United are interested in signing Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Catalan club are expected to sell several players in the closing stages of the transfer window to try and balance their finances.

This is following their relegation from La Liga last season and they now need to lower their wage bill.

Roca is one of those likely to leave, with the 23-year-old having a £36m release clause. However, Espanyol are looking for between £10m and £13.5m.

Burnley are also believed to be keen on Roca, who has spent his entire career to date at the RCDE Stadium having come through the academy.

Who is Marc Roca?

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The Spaniard is a defensive midfielder and has played 121 times for his boyhood club. Roca is also a former Spain Under-21 international and helped his country to victory at last summer’s European Championships.

He scored in the semi-final victory over France and played 90 minutes in the final as Spain beat Germany to lift the trophy.

The Blades were in the market for a new midfielder earlier in the transfer window. They were linked with Reading’s John Swift as a replacement for John Lundstram.

It was thought Lundstram could leave Bramall Lane having failed to agree a new contract. The 26-year-old has still not put pen to paper, but appears to be going nowhere having started all three Premier League matches so far this season.

Talk of Swift arriving has also gone quiet, with manager Chris Wilder now prioritising other areas for recruitment.

With less than a week to do until deadline day, Wilder wants a new striker and centre-back. It’s looking increasingly likely Rhian Brewster will be signed from Liverpool to fill the first position.

According to The Sun, the Blades have offered £17m for Brewster and agreed to a buyback clause of £40m.

As for a defender, Wilder needs to replace Jack O’Connell following the news the 26-year-old is likely to miss the entire campaign after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday.

Therefore, a move for Roca seems unlikely.

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