With Luke Freeman and Phil Jagielka both sealing moves to Bramall Lane this month, it looked as if Neal Maupay would be following in their footsteps by signing for Sheffield United having been linked with a move earlier this week.
Yet despite The Sun reporting that the Blades were set to spend £15m on the Brentford forward, West London Sport have revealed that there has yet to be an official approach from Chris Wilder’s side with boss Thomas Frank unwilling to sell the forward for less than £20m.
A mainstay in the Bees’ starting eleven last season in the Championship, the 23-year-old rattled in 25 goals in 43 league appearances as he helped the club secure an 11th place finish in May (via Transfermarkt).
A clinical finisher, only two players were able to better his total in the second-tier with Tammy Abraham (26) and Teemu Pukki (29) both providing the necessary firepower to lead their respective sides to promotion (via BBC Sport).
With this transfer saga taking another twist, it is clear that the Blades need to make a definitive decision on whether to swoop for Maupay.
Whereas the forward has demonstrated that he is more than capable of setting the Championship alight having been directly involved in 50 goals in 85 games for the Bees (via Transfermarkt), the fact that he has never played in the top-flight of English football during his career could be a concern for Wilder.
Considering that the club’s leading scorer last season, Billy Sharp, (via WhoScored) has only made two Premier League appearances during his career (via Transfermarkt), signing another player who is also unproven at this level may prove to be a mistake if neither of them can hit the ground the running next season.
Therefore, Wilder may find it more beneficial to target a forward who has an excellent track-record of producing the goods in the top-flight.
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