Sheffield United have been told to up their offer if they wish to sign goalkeeper, Ugurcan Cakir, according to reports from the Turkish media outlet, Sabah.
The Blades are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer having seen Dean Henderson return to Manchester United once again following his second loan spell.
With Henderson’s future still unclear, the Blades are clearly moving quickly and have already seen a bid for Aaron Ramsdale knocked back by Bournemouth.
And now it appears United will need to dig a bit deeper in the coffers for Cakir, with Sabah claiming that Trabzonspor wants around £18m for their man, some way more than the £13.5m United have apparently offered.
The 24-year-old is seen as one of the premier stars in the Turkish league. Despite keeping just four clean-sheets, Cakir only let in 40 goals in 33 appearances in the league.
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And this is good news, really. There was a fear that the Dean Henderson saga might end up dominating the summer but Chris Wilder, as expected, doesn’t seem to be letting that happen.
Cakir and Ramsdale are both capable goalkeepers and it appears the Blades are willing to spend a decent sum of money to get who they think can be their number one for years to come.
The 24-year-old Cakir would arrive with a good pedigree and also the experience of playing in the hostile and intense environment that can be Turkish football. Perfect prep, then, for the Premier League.
And while £18m might seem a lot, United could well get ten years from the stopper if he pans out well. When you look at it like that, it could prove to be a huge bargain.