With Sheffield United already securing the services of Phil Jagielka and Luke Freeman for the upcoming campaign, Chris Wilder may be about to make his third signing of the summer.
According to The Sun, the Blades are reportedly set to break their transfer record by spending £15m on Brentford striker Neal Maupay.
The Bees had been seeking £22m for the 22-year-old but have since cut their valuation due to the Frenchman’s eagerness to play in the Premier League.
One of the Championship’s leading marksman last season, Maupay scored 25 goals for Brentford, a total which was only bettered by Teemu Pukki and Tammy Abraham (via BBC Sport) who both led their sides to promotion to the top-flight.
Although Maupay has no previous experience of playing at Premier League level during his career, he could add a different dimension to the Blades’ existing attacking options of David Goldrick and Billy Sharp.
Blessed with an abundance of pace (written about at length by Football Whispers), he could offer a new level penetration on the counter-attack, especially if he can develop a fruitful relationship with United’s wing-back pairing of George Baldock and Enda Stevens who provided 8 assists between them last season, as per WhoScored.
As well as being a deadly goalscorer, the former Saint-Etienne marksman is also a provider of goals with his eight assists (as per WhoScored) helping Brentford secure an eleventh-place finish in the Championship last season.
If he can replicate this creativity in the Premier League during the upcoming campaign, the £10.8m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) could play a pivotal role in allowing his side to establish themselves amongst England’s elite club sides.
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