Sheffield United could be an option for Beerschot as they try to launch a bid to bring Schalke 04 forward, Benito Raman, back to the club.
That’s according to reports in Belgium, where Nieuwsblad claim that Beerschot could look to use the connection with the Blades through United World to help broker a deal.
Any deal would involve United fronting the cost of the transfer, before allowing him to stay with Beerschot in the immediate. The Blades would then be able to bring Raman over, or sell him on, depending on the feeling around his performances.
Raman, 26, has already played in Belgium with Beerschot, Gent, and Standard Liege. He’s had spells in Germany with Fortuna Dusseldorf and more recently, Schalke.
Indeed, back in 2019, Raman attracted admiring glances from the likes of Arsenal and Everton. The Sun claiming back then that a £13m move was potentially on the cards.
In the end, Raman signed for Schalke. But the German club have had a torrid 12 months, and have been relegated from the Bundesliga.
Making use of United World
The intention of the United World set-up is for things like this to potentially happen. Ismaila Coulibaly is another who falls into this bracket.
On the surface, Raman’s stats aren’t mind-blowing. He struck just two goals last season. However, during his time with Dusseldorf in which he caught Premier League attention, he scored ten, and assisted a further four.
Impressively, given Dusseldorf’s struggles that season, that actually accounted for a third of the total goals for the entire club.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a signing for United in the here and now. But should Raman impress back in Beerschot, then it could work. On the flipside, there is the risk of fronting up some money, only for it to fall flat and everyone lose out.
Stephen Bettis and Prince Abdullah have more pressing issues with the United first-team at the moment.
If we did spend a significant sum here, then it probably wouldn’t go down too well, especially if United fail to add many faces themselves this summer.
Ultimately, there is a bigger picture to consider. We recognise that. But the first-team is a priority, not simply helping out the United World brand as a priority.