John Lundstram looks set to join Crystal Palace this summer.
The Mirror reports Palace are planning an overhaul of their squad at the end of this season and see Lundstram as part of that.
Burnley are also interested, but it’s the Eagles who lead the way.
It’s been known for some time that this campaign is likely to be Lundstram’s last at Bramall Lane.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of this term.
The Blades do want to keep Lundstram, but talks about a new deal have been on hold for months now.
United were prepared to make the midfielder one of the best paid players at the club, but he still refused to sign.
With the South Yorkshire side not willing to offer any more, negotiations came to a halt.
Yet Yorkshire Live reports the final offer does still remain on the table for Lundstram.
If Crystal Palace move is on, why keep playing Lundstram?
The future of Lundstram has been hanging over the Blades for the entirety of 2020/21.
Despite this, he has continued to be a mainstay in Chris Wilder’s side, playing in 23 of United’s 28 Premier League games so far this season. Only three others have played more.
It’s set an unwelcome tone having a player so heavily involved who clearly doesn’t want to be at the club.
This has partly been due to injuries, with both Sander Berge and John Fleck spending significant time unavailable.
Yet it’s not even as if Lundstram’s performances have warranted keeping him in the team.
This was in stark evidence at the weekend as Wilder’s men were beaten 2-0 at home by Southampton.
Lundstram was at fault for Che Adams’ second goal for the Saints and his overall display and general demeanour was, quite frankly, awful.
With 10 league fixtures remaining, relegation almost a certainty and Lundstram seemingly on his way to Palace, why not stop playing him and instead give game time to players who actually want to be at the club in 2021/22?