It is being reported that Sheffield United will have to soon decide whether to activate buy-out clauses on current loanees Panagiotis Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic’s contracts as the Premier League season gears up to get back underway.
According to The Star, the Blades are considering whether or not to activate clauses enabling them to sign Retsos and Zivkovic on a permanent basis, but have some time to make their final decision.
The duo have been allowed to extend their loan deals at Bramall Lane by parent clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Changchun Yatai as football stopped across the globe. They had been scheduled to expire on May 30, but they are now contracted until the Premier League season is concluded.
It is unclear if the time frames within which Wilder must decide their futures have also been relaxed.
The two players only have one appearance between them so far since joining the side in January on loan, with defender Retsos playing in the FA Cup victory against Reading.
However the centre-back is only 21 years-old, whilst Zivkovic is 23, so it looks like Wilder wanted to see how they performed within the squad before possibly signing them as players for the future. With neither having a chance to really prove themselves yet, it would be hard for Wilder to make his decision, and he will perhaps hope to give them some game time when the league resumes to assess whether they would be worth buying.
Retsos is a good example of why Wilder should wait to decide on their future, as the Greece international has received high praise in the past, as he was described as a “very special talent” by Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller .
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