Sheffield United could end up locked in a transfer battle with Manchester City, in a surprising turn of events in this summer’s window.

The Blades are scouring the European market for new players and having signed Anis Slimane and Yasser Larouci, are after more additions.

And according to L’Equipe, one of the names to catch Paul Heckingbottom’s eye is Senegalese defender, Abdoulaye Ndiaye.

The French media outlet claims that United are among the cluster of teams looking to sign Ndiaye. Among them are Troyes, who are part of the City Group, and Lorient.

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It’s claimed Lyon are looking for around £3m for Ndiaye.

Interestingly, United’s interest follows on from reports from the Daily Mail that claim Manchester City are actually keeping an eye on Ndiaye as well.

The Mail claims City feel Ndiaye is a defender of great promise and are planning for the future by including him on their list. A move to Troyes, obviously, would keep him under that umbrella.

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While we won’t profess to know everything about Abdoulaye Ndiaye, the fact Man City are looking suggests this is a player with something about him.

Ndiaye has enjoyed a good spell with Bastia last season and is obviously ready for the next step. Lyon obviously fancy moving him on, and the £3m fee being mentioned is right in United’s ballpark.

This summer is all about value for money for the Blades. Ndiaye, then, could well be another one we take a small risk on.