With just under a week left of the transfer window, Sheffield United face an anxious wait over whether or not Iliman Ndiaye will remain a Blade.
Interest over the weekend appeared to emerge from Everton. The Toffees are said to trying to put together a bid in the region of £15-22m. However, with no manager in place and the club in turmoil, Everton don’t exactly represent the most attractive of Premier League destinations right now.
And in further good news for Sheffield United, the Sheffield Star has reported today what they believe the stance from inside the club to be when it comes to Ndiaye.
As well as there being a broad agreement that the club won’t sell Ndiaye, there is also a belief around his agent’s intentions. The Star reports that those inside Bramall Lane believe Ndiaye’s reps are in no rush to force through a deal right now.
It’s claimed those looking after Ndiaye will ‘not attempt to disrupt the status quo’ until the summer. That suggests Ndiaye’s camp are happy to hang fire. For now, at least.
Mentions of £15m are believed to fall short of United’s valuation. Having sold Aaron Ramsdale for close to £30m to Arsenal, the Blades will be seeking similar for Ndiaye.
Sheffield United News View: Ndiaye would be doing the right thing by staying
You can never say never in football. And let’s be honest, if a huge sum of money comes in for the club and Ndiaye personally, it will be hard to turn down.
However, with Ndiaye in such fine form and United on course for promotion, the smart move is to stay put right now.
Come the summer, with United likely in the PL, Ndiaye will be a better position anyway. The club either pay him big money to remain in South Yorkshire. Or the Blades cash in and he gets his move anyway.
Either way, as it stands, Ndiaye’s immediate future looks brighter at The Lane. Beyond that, well, that will be down to him and the powers that be.