Having led Sheffield United to a superb second place finish in the Championship earlier this month, Chris Wilder will understandably be keen to pit his wits against the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League next season.
However, in order to ensure that the Blades have the best chance of being competitive in the top-flight, it is imperative that the former Oxford United boss gets his recruitment spot on this summer.
Although he already has a fantastic squad of players at his disposal at Bramall Lane, Wilder may benefit massively from bringing in one of the most impressive defenders in Croatian football.
According to the Daily Star, the Blades are reportedly interested in a possible swoop for Dario Zuparic after being impressed by the 27-year-old’s outstanding contributions for HNK Rijeka this season.
A mainstay in Igor Biscan’s side, the £1.58m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) played a prominent role in helping his club secure a shock 3-1 victory in the Croatian Cup Final over Dinamo Zagreb last week.
Despite having never played in England before, if Zuparic can replicate the performance levels that he has produced for Rijeka over the past two years, there is no reason why he cannot thrive in the top flight for the Blades.
With the former Pescara defender expected to be available for a cut-price fee due to the fact that he only has one year left on his current deal, it may be worth taking a risk on him.
Whereas it is fair to say that the trio of Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell will almost definitely be United’s starting centre-backs in the Premier League next season, Zuparic could prove to be a great back-up option given his huge wealth of experience.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder sign Zuparic this summer? If not, who would you like to see your club bring in when the transfer window opens in July? Let us know below.
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