Dowell played his part in the Blades being promoted to the Premier League after joining on loan in January.
The 21-year-old made 16 appearances and scored two goals as United finished second in the Championship.
Dowell has since returned to the Toffees, but Chris Wilder hasn’t ruled out re-signing him. However, Wilder wants to assess other options first.
A new attacking midfielder is believed to be among his list of targets this summer. The Sheffield Star says that Birmingham City’s Jota is being considered.
Yet Dowell still remains on Wilder’s radar – although he will face competition for the England Under-21 international. Huddersfield Town are also understood to be interested following their relegation.
Not the only loanee wanted
Dowell was one of five loan players who helped the Blades to automatic promotion in 2018/19. Strikers Scott Hogan and Gary Madine were also signed in January. Meanwhile, Marvin Johnson and Dean Henderson spent the entire campaign at Bramall Lane.
It is the latter who is expected to reunite with United for their first season in the top flight in 12 years.
Another Sheffield Star report says that talks between Blades and Manchester United are going well. The Red Devils aren’t prepared to lose Henderson permanently but are open to another temporary deal.
The 22-year-old is keen on a return to South Yorkshire and there is confidence the move could be completed before the goalkeeper leaves for the Under-21 Championships. Henderson will be playing alongside Dowell for England in the tournament which starts on June 16.
The ‘keeper played every minute of the successful promotion campaign by Wilder’s men. Not only that but he kept the most clean sheets with 21 and helped secure the joint best defensive record in the division.