Sheffield United are reportedly edging closer to completing a deal to sign Greek defender, Panagiotis Retsos.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, the Blades are close to concluding a £600,000 loan deal for the 21-year-old.
Retsos has previously captained the Greece under-21 side but since moving to Bayer Leverkusen in 2017, has struggled to hold down a regular place with the German giants.
Leverkusen paid a reported fee of over £15m for Retsos when they did sign him. Known for his ability to play across the entire backline, Restos could well be the ideal fit for Chris Wilder’s team.
Wilder is a big advocate of having balance within his team. With Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell encouraged to bomb forward from left and right centre-back, Retsos could well fit the mould for the Blades boss.
The Blades have already moved to bring in Jack Rodwell and Jack Robinson this window. Robinson is seen as cover for O’Connell while Rodwell can play a number of positions.
If United do complete a deal for Retsos, Wilder can rest easy knowing his defensive options are very well covered for the rest of the campaign.
Who is Pangiotis Retsos?
A 21-year-old defender, Retsos was Greece’s most expensive player when he moved to Leverkusen in 2017.
Formerly of Olympiakos, he signed a five-year deal with the Germans. However, as mentioned, Retsos has not quite hit the heights many expected him to over in the Bundesliga.
He has five full caps for the Greek national team while he’s also represented his country at every age level up to that point.
Retsos suffered a quad injury at the start of the 2018 season which derailed his progress somewhat. But he is now back fighting fit and looking to get some game time under his belt.
If Sheffield United do land Panagiotis Retsos, it would represent a first big venture into the European market for Chris Wilder.