The Blades are preparing for their first campaign back in the Premier League in 12 years. This is after finishing second in the Championship in 2018/19.
The club’s co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah currently in an ongoing dispute about who will take control of United. Yet Wilder will still be given a healthy budget.
At present McCabe and Prince Abdullah’s case is being heard by the High Court. A decision on who will take ownership of the club is unlikely to be made until the 2019/20 season has started. The two men each own a 50 percent stake.
Who are the Blades targeting?
The Sheffield Star reports that Wilder is keen to bring in five new players. The 51-year-old wants two new strikers, a goalkeeper, an attacking midfielder and a wing-back. The same Mail article says it will be a left-sided wing-back to compete with Enda Stevens.
The ‘keeper is looking increasingly likely to be Dean Henderson. The 22-year-old impressed on loan at Bramall Lane last term and talks with Manchester United are thought to be going well about signing Henderson on another temporary deal.
Upfront, two forwards who impressed in the second tier of English football in 2018/19 are thought to be on the wish list. They are Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Neal Maupay of Brentford.
As for the attacking midfielder, the only name to have been mentioned so far is Birmingham City ace Jota. The Sheffield Star says that United might reignite their interest after making an enquiry last summer.
Whether £20m is enough for those aforementioned names remains to be seen, but Wilder has succeeded with far less in the past.