Sheffield United currently have Richairo Zivkovic at the club, but with the season ending soon, they have to decide whether they want to keep the forward and it looks like they have made their mind up.
There was a clause in the loan deal which let the club buy the player, however they feel like they will not be able to pay this clause due to recent events.
This doesn’t mean the end of their pursuit however as the Blades hope his parent club Changchun Yatai will be open to new negotiations so that they can get the forward for a lower price.
The 23 year-old has a very decent goal record elsewhere as he has managed 94 strikes in 254 appearances, per Transfermarkt. However since his loan move he has only managed 68 minutes of football in four appearances, managing on average 0.3 shots per game and 0.5 key passes per game, per WhoScored.
He hasn’t got as much of a chance as maybe some thought he would get, but it is hard to prove yourself when you are just coming on as a substitute and the fact that the club would like to sign him permanently highlights that Chris Wilder has liked what he has seen of the young attacker.
It is good for the club to have squad depth and with Billy Sharp 34 and David McGoldrick 32, Wilder does need to think about depth upfront, and Zivkovic could be the ideal player to have as an attacking option in the future.
His goalscoring record at his other clubs highlights he is a good finisher and the fact that he has also has been noticed by his nation as he managed four goals in nine appearances for the Dutch U21 side emphasises that he does have a potential, so this could be a very astute signing for Wilder if he can get a good price and he could be a long term replacement for Sharp and McGoldrick.
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