Sheffield United are interested in signing Olympiacos midfielder Mady Camara and are set to scout him in an upcoming Europa League match, that is according to Filathlos.
The Greek outfit take on Arsenal over two legs in Europe’s second-tier competition and the Blades will use it as a chance to run their eyes over the 12-time Guinea international.
According to the report, the Blades have been impressed with the 22-year-old this season and will take the opportunity to have a closer look at him when he and his Olympiacos teammates take on Arsenal at the Emirates next week.
It adds that it is unclear whether the South Yorkshire side will send someone to Greece to watch the player in the first leg of the tie, which takes place on Thursday at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
With Chris Wilder’s side having almost certainly secured their Premier League status for next season having picked up 39 points from their 26 matches so far (BBC Sport), some of their attention has now turned towards recruiting for next term and it looks as though Camara is a player on their radar.
Signing Camara would yet again highlight the progress that Sheffield United have made as a club in the last few years. Under Wilder, they have gone from League One to the Premier League in such a short space of time and despite only being in their first year in the top tier they are already signing young talents from big clubs in Europe.
Indeed in January, they broke their transfer record to prize the highly rated Sander Berge away from Genk (BBC Sport). Added to that, they also brought in Panagiotis Retsos on an initial loan deal from Bayer Leverkusen (sufc.co.uk), another youngster who has impressed in his early years – indeed the Bundesliga side paid £16m for him when he was just 19.
If they were to bring in another youngster with potential, it would signal Wilder’s intent for the 2020/21 season. It would suggest that they aren’t going to settle for Premier League survival and that instead they are looking to build on their success and ensure they cement themselves as a top flight club.
He would also add competition for places in midfield. He is predominantly a holder and whilst the Blades currently have Oliver Norwood in that role, his back-up option is Muhamed Besic who is only on loan at Bramall Lane. Presuming he leaves in the summer, Camara could replace him and compete with the former Northern Ireland man for a place in the starting 11.
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