Chris Wilder will continue to put pressure on those at Bramall Lane discussing a potential move for Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun this summer, with Yorkshire Live reporting that Sheffield United are hopeful of landing the 19-year-old.
There have already been plenty of twists in the Blades’ pursuit of the forward. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that they had made a £3 million bid for the teenager.
However, the Mail noted that Arsenal had left United stunned by rejecting the offer and suggesting that they want a deal worth £15 million for Balogun.
The Sheffield Star then suggested that the Blades were convinced that Arsenal would drop their asking price as the window went on. Balogun is out of contract in the summer.
And it appears that United may be about to be vindicated for their stance.
Yorkshire Live reports that they are now hopeful about securing a deal for the Arsenal man with talks continuing.
It is also suggested that Wilder will keep putting pressure on the club to make sure that they get their man.
TBR View: Balogun sale may yet help Arsenal in final stages of the window
While Arsenal would have arguably made a big mistake selling Balogun for around £3 million, a sale for a larger fee certainly appears to make more sense for the Gunners.
Holding onto the striker would arguably be a reasonable stance if Arsenal have any inkling that he may sign a new deal over the next year.
But if it is clear that he is going, Arsenal may be right to cash in this summer. It is a blow, but perhaps it may hand Mikel Arteta’s transfer kitty a timely boost ahead of the final stages of the window.