Nottingham Forest might fancy bringing Max Lowe back to the City Ground this summer, but Sheffield United are in a strong position to demand big money thanks to his contract.
Lowe arrived at United as part of the deal which saw Jayden Bogle also join. But while Bogle has shone and become the first choice right wing-back before being injured, Lowe found things harder. However, the former Derby man has had an excellent season out on loan with Forest, helping them to promotion to the Premier League.
And while reports suggest Steve Cooper is keen on bringing Lowe back to Forest, Yorkshire Live has reported that a clause in Lowe’s contract massively strengthens Sheffield United’s position.
Sheffield United’s Stance On Max Lowe Contract, Amid Nottingham Forest Links
While there is no doubt United are well-stocked at left-back, the club won’t be taken for fools when it comes to any transfer fee they get for Max Lowe.
Forest have just cashed in on around £170m worth of Premier League riches. Crucially, when it comes to Lowe’s contract, Yorkshire Live confirm United hold an option to extend his deal by 12 months. It means, essentially, that Lowe is contracted at Bramall Lane for another three years.
For Nottingham Forest, that means they’ll need to meet and possibly exceed United’s value of Lowe. And given United were also forced to pay top dollar for Championship players themselves when in the PL, you can see why the board might hold firm here.
Our View: Lowe Can Leave, But Only For Good Money
This is a transfer United can afford to do in terms of the squad. Stevens and Norrington-Davies are fine, while the impressive Harry Boyes is also doing well at Solihull and might push next term.
However, it is only right that United get a fair price. There were mentions that United paid Derby around £10-15m for the Bogle and Lowe double deal. With that, you’d assume we paid at least £3-4m for the left-back.
Therefore, if Forest want their man, then they need to pay up. The Blades are under no pressure to sell, but a good fee – possibly around the £5m mark – would help Paul Heckingbottom reinvest in the squad as well.