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Sheffield United: Blades target Martinez is an unnecessary risk at $25million

Sheffield United: Blades target Martinez is an unnecessary risk at $25million - Sheffield United

The asking price of Sheffield United target Roger Martinez continues to go up and is now reportedly as much as $25million (Superdeportivo via Sport Witness).

It has been reported that the CF America striker wants to leave his current side and head for a big move to Europe, something which would have left those at Bramall Lane hopeful of a deal for around $15m.

However, the club is said to not be interested in selling the player given they have just received $15m from Ajax for Edson Alvarez.

As a result, they feel they can demand a larger fee than was initially thought and so $25m has been touted as the new price for the Colombian.

Obviously, $25m (roughly £20.1m) would obliterate the Blades’ transfer record – which they had already broken twice in this summer window before they signed Lys Mousset, who now holds the record at £10m.

There is no denying that Chris Wilder has tried his absolute best so far this summer to try and strengthen his squad.

The 51-year-old manager has already spent money on Mousset, Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson along with signing the duo of Phil Jagielka and Ravel Morrison on free transfers.

However, signing a striker for over double your record transfer fee – which was only set the week prior – does seem more of an ill-advised move given Martinez has no experience in English football – and just nine appearances for La Liga side Villarreal in European competition – there may be better options Wilder can go for.

Neal Maupay and Oli McBurnie have both been linked with moves to the Yorkshire club having scored a combined total of 47 goals in the Championship last season. Granted, the pair of them have never proven it in the Premier League either but they do at least have experience on these shores in the second-tier.

And alongside the Blades’ Player of the Year last season in David McGoldrick and their top goalscorer Billy Sharp, Martinez would be a completely unnecessary risk when there are plenty of forward options who are not only cheaper (Maupay has an apparent £15m valuation while McBurnie is rated at just £7.2m by Transfermarkt)  but also tried and tested in the English game.

Should the Blades even consider this risk? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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