Sheffield United Manager’s transfer plan, as takeover leaves Blades in limbo.

Chris Wilder has sworn that Sheffield United will not be “reckless” in their approach to the summer transfer window, which opens later this week. The Blades will be allowed to formally begin their summer recruitment drive this Friday.

Wilder, along with new senior scout Jamie Hoyland and head of recruiting Mikey Allen, have been active in the market since before the season finished, with the Blades learning their divisional position for next season as early as late April. That at least allowed them to begin planning early, while uncertainty regarding an American consortium’s proposal to acquire United has muddied the waters slightly.

Under the current ownership, Wilder expected funds to be tight for the big Bramall Lane rebuild, with an emphasis on free transfers and loans initially. That could then change if the Blades receive any money from sales, with Anel Ahmedhodzic and Vini Souza among the big names who could depart this summer. Goalkeeper Ivo Grbic has also been made available for transfer, while funds from the likes of Benie Traore and Anis Slimane are a bonus if they leave United a year

United have already been connected with a number of players, including former Rangers target Tom Lawrence and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is expected to leave Turkish giants Beşiktaş in the summer. Wilder said earlier this summer: “There will be a limit to how far we can take some individuals. We recognize that.

“We will not be foolish in our approach; we will set a price on specific players. I believe the most of the players we bring in will be free agents and loans, with some tiny fees thrown in if we can move and juggle and make some money off sells as well. I’m working directly with the board and CEO on this, and we have a plan.”

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