It’s a fair assessment to presume Sheffield United will lose a couple of players once relegation is inevitably confirmed.
Most clubs, even those with the most sustainable business models, get forced into selling the odd player, whether it be to balance the books or simply being unable to refuse big sums of cash.
We saw it last summer. Bournemouth lost the likes of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, although they did keep hold of David Brooks. Norwich, meanwhile, lost Ben Godfrey to Everton and Jamal Lewis to Newcastle.
Again, the Canaries managed to keep some of their main players, with the likes of Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons sticking with Daniel Farke.
United boss Chris Wilder has already spoken about the threat of relegation in the last few days. However, he has insisted the plan is to keep the squad together, unless a bid comes in which makes ‘financial sense to the football club’.
The Blades don’t have a wealth of brilliant talent looking to be picked off by the Premier League vultures. But within the squad, there’re are a couple of players who should attract bids of some sort.
Here, then, are the 3 we see being most likely to leave Sheffield United this summer.
Chris Wilder has already admitted Berge isn’t going to be here for the long haul, calling United a ‘stepping stone’ in an interview last week.
Should the Blades receive a bid in the region of what we paid (around £22m), or above, then it’s hard to see United saying no.
Arsenal have been linked in the past, while Berge was also courted in Europe before he arrived in Sheffield from Genk last January.
CSKA Moscow are already said to have an expressed an interest in Mousset, and to be honest, it’s hard to see him staying put.
United fans are still waiting to see him fully fit, with Wilder saying this week that the Frenchman is set for a behind closed doors game in order to once again try and get some match fitness.
The talent is there with Mousset. Sadly, the application and attitude – it seems from the outside anyway – are lacking a bit.
The Irish defender has been exceptional ever since United were promoted and although injury could keep clubs away for now, expect Egan to attract attention.
Everton have been linked in the past, and may well come again if they decide to once again strengthen their back four.
Egan is too good really for the Championship and if the Blades did keep him, it would be a massive bonus heading into the new season.