Sheffield United are among the teams keen on Arsenal youngster Dan Ballard, but face competition from Premier League clubs for the Norther Ireland man.
The 22-year-old Ballard is set to leave Arsenal this summer after an impressive loan spell with Millwall last term. The Gunners are thought to be open to offers for the defender, with Sheffield United among the clubs watching on.
However, like so many players on the market this summer, there is hefty competition for Ballard. And while it’s well known that Championship clubs like Millwall are keen on the Gunners starlet, respected Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has said that there are also admirers at Premier League level and abroad.
“Daniel Ballard, he’s a player who I’ve reported already this summer that Arsenal are willing to accept offers for. Lots of interest in him from teams in the Championship, lower end of the Premier League I believe as well, and from abroad. Arsenal are not going to stand in his way if a good offer comes in for him,” Watts told his YouTube channel.
It remains to be seen whether United will push for Ballard. The Blades have already missed out on Jake Clarke-Salter, as Paul Heckingbottom looks to strengthen the ranks this summer.
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If it’s right that United have tried for Clarke-Salter and failed, then landing a player like Ballard should now jump to the top of the priority list.
While at Millwall last season, Ballard was excellent and previously while with Blackpool, he was labelled as an ‘outstanding‘ player for his performances.
It’s still early in the window. But there does seem to be that usual feeling of other clubs signing players and United getting nowhere near anyone. If we can get Ballard over the line, though, then that would be a good start for the Blades.