Sheffield United have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter.
Clarke-Salter is due back at Stamford Bridge this summer after a fine season with Coventry City. The 24-year-old was a regular fixture in Mark Robins’ side, and the Sky Blues are known to be keen on bringing him back. Of course, Sheffield United are also keen on the young defender, as we’ve reported on Sheffield United News previously.
And in what is a boost for both United and Coventry, the Coventry Telegraph have reported today that Chelsea are indeed ready to let Clarke-Salter leave for nothing. This, despite the Blues having an option to extend his deal by 12 months, meaning any new club would need to pay a fee.
This falls into the hands of both the Blades and Coventry, who are looking to wheel and deal this summer as best they can. The Coventry Telegraph claims United could hold the upper hand over the Sky Blues, simply due to the higher wages United can offer.
Our View: United Should Go All Out To Sign Clarke-Salter
If Chelsea are letting him go on a free, then this is exactly what Paul Heckingbottom will have wanted to hear.
With that, United should be going all out here. Clarke-Salter has been excellent for Coventry and clearly has potential to be even better. Certainly, he’s good enough to slot into a Sheffield United defence that needs new faces this summer.
Mark Robins branded Clarke-Salter’s performances as ‘brilliant’ last season. And rightly so. The 24-year-old stepped into the Championship with ease, and there’s more to come from him in the future.
In terms of the Blades, he fits the bill. Young, yet established, but not someone who will command a huge wage.
If a deal is there to be done for United, then it’s one Stephen Bettis and co need to be pushing on with as best they can.