Sheffield United were ready to pay “big money” for CSKA Moscow striker Adolfo Gaich in October.
That’s according to Gaich’s agent, Pablo Caro, who says that Leeds United are also interested in his client.
“In early October, before the transfer window closed, three European clubs were ready to take Gaich away from CSKA, because he does not get enough playing time in Russia,” Caro told Metaratings.ru.
“These are Besiktas, Feyenoord and Sheffield United.
“And they were really ready to pay big money for Gaich, because he is a top striker.”
Gaich only joined CSKA in August from San Lorenzo in his home country of Argentina.
How much “big money” equates to is unclear, although around £27m was mentioned by his agent in relation to Leeds.
However, earlier this year Caro told Italian publication Calciomercato that the 21-year-old had a release clause of £11.5m – “but could be signed for less than that.”
At the time, TYC Sports in Argentina were reporting that Serie A duo Atalanta and Inter Milan were keen on Gaich. As were West Bromwich Albion and Belgian side Gent.
Instead Gaich left for Russia, but has already grown frustrated with a lack of game time it seems.
Who is Adolfo Gaich?
The young Argentine caught the eye of European clubs after impressing in his home country.
Gaich scored seven goals in 27 appearances for San Lorenzo and has netted seven times in 14 caps for the Argentina Under-20s.
The forward received his first – and so far only – senior international cap in November last year.
Gaich has also appeared in all but four of CSKA’s games in all competitions this season. Which makes his frustrations at a lack of minutes all the more baffling.
This has admittedly only included three starts in 12 games. He has also scored two goals – once in Russia’s top flight and once in the Europa League.
Whether the Blades were ever seriously interested is unknown. Although at the time Caro claims they were keen, they were in the market for a new striker.
In the end Rhian Brewster arrived from Liverpool in a club record deal. Yet with the South Yorkshire side struggling in the Premier League currently, maybe they will revisit the interest in Gaich in January.