Sheffield United will send a scout to Arsenal next week to watch Olympiacos midfielder Mady Camara play against them, according to Greek website Filathlos.
The Gunners take on the Greek side in the last-32 of the Europa League over the next two weeks. The first leg will be played in Athens on Thursday. Yet it is unclear whether the Blades will send someone to that game.
However, they will definitely have a staff member present the following week for the return leg at the Emirates Stadium.
United were actually linked with a move for Camara during the January transfer window. At the time the 22-year-old was valued at around £17m. The Guinea international was also believed to be a target for Watford.
In the end no deal materialised. Instead, the South Yorkshire club signed Sander Berge from Genk in a record £22m deal.
Yet with relegation no longer an issue and European qualification no more of a realistic prospect, Chris Wilder has already started planning his summer recruitment.
Why Sheffield United might want to scout Mady Camara
A central midfielder, Camara has impressed for Olympiacos since joining them from Ajaccio in 2018. Like Berge, he also already has Champions League and international experience, despite his young age.
With a place in Europe next season looking like a possibility for the currently sixth-placed Blades, perhaps Wilder wants to add that sort of know how to his squad.
Berge certainly broke the mould in terms of the club’s transfer policy. Prior to that the only non-British or Irish signings made this term were Lys Mousset and Michael Verrips. And Mousset was well know to English football fans having played for Bournemouth for the previous three years.
Yet Berge was a different sort of signing. United quickly followed it up with the loan additions of Panos Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic. They joined from Bayer Leverkusen and Changchun Yanai respectively on deadline day, both with the option to buy at the end of the campaign.
No longer are the Blades focused solely on domestic talent, but are using their improved network to source targets from abroad. Perhaps Camara could be next on the list.