Sheffield United will have to pay a club record £23m if they want to sign midfield target Mady Camara, according to Sdna.
The Blades were first linked with Camara towards the end of January as an alternative to Sander Berge. Yet although they eventually completed the signing of Berge for a record £22m fee, interest in the Olympiakos star has apparently remained.
Scouts were sent by United to watch Camara in action against Arsenal in the last-32 of the Europa League. The 22-year-old impressed at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners were knocked out by the Greek side.
This led to the North London side showing interest in Camara themselves. At the time, £17m was believed to be enough to land the Guinea international.
Yet the asking price has since risen dramatically. Now the Blades will have to break their transfer record once again if they want to sign him.
Why do Sheffield United want Mady Camara?
Chris Wilder is constantly seeking ways to improve his squad and central midfield is an area that has been tweaked in recent times.
John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck quickly established themselves as first choice in the middle of Wilder’s 3-5-2 system in the early part of this season.
However, the addition of Berge saw Lundstram drop to the bench. The 25-year-old’s form had already been waning since Christmas after an electric start to the campaign.
Yet Berge himself has admitted that it is taking him time to settle into Wilder’s unique system.
Beyond them Luke Freeman. Mo Besic and Ben Osborn all represent options. But Besic is on loan from Everton and will return at the end of 2019/20, while Osborn has appeared more at left wing-back so far this term.
Signing a new option in midfield would help freshen things up. Particularly someone defensively minded like Camara, who could even push Norwood for a starting place.
Olympiakos remain relaxed about the situation, though, with the Guinean under contract until 2023 and with them under no pressure to sell.