The Championship season is now just a few days away! England’s second-tier will kick off on Friday, with Luton Town hosting Middlesbrough, and one would hope that the majority of the division’s clubs are ready for the new campaign. However, even if they are not, they still have an extra few days to complete their transfer business, with the window closing on August 8th. Today’s Championship transfer roundup includes Kiko Casilla’s offer from Spain, West Brom walking away from a deal for a striker and another bid for Swansea’s Oli McBurnie.
Report: According to Football Insider, Sevilla have tabled a contract offer for Kiko Casilla. It is understood that the La Liga club are willing to match the 32-year-old’s current wage at Leeds, where he earns £40,000 a week.
Verdict: It is perplexing as to why there is so much speculation surrounding Casilla considering he only joined the club in January of this year. But, something is clearly not right in regards to the former Real Madrid man. In a sense, it may be because Marcelo Bielsa wants to give more playing time to Bailey Peacock-Farrell. The 22-year-old was the Argentinian’s number one for the first half of the season, but was replaced by Casilla once he arrived. The Northern Ireland shot-stopper has admitted that he may need to leave Elland Road to receive more playing time. For Casilla himself, a move back to Spain makes sense, and especially to Sevilla, where he would be competing in the Europa League.
How likely is the deal? 7.5/10
Report: It is being reported by The Express and Star that West Brom have walked away from a deal for Albian Ajeti. It is said that the 22-year-old’s wage demands were too high for the Hawthorns outfit, who will now look elsewhere.
Verdict: This is a shame from a Baggies perspective, as the Switzerland international has a good record in front of goal. He scored 21 times in 43 appearances for FC Basel last season, and has 43 goals in 95 games overall for the 20-time Swiss champions. It is not known exactly how much the striker asked for, but West Brom are right to refuse to sign him if they believe he was asking for too much. It is important not to be forced into deals during an age when player power is perhaps greater than it has ever been.
How likely is the deal? 1/10
Report: It is being reported that Sheffield United have lodged a new bid for Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie. The latest offer could rise to £20m, which is £5m more than the previous one from the Blades. The Welsh club are said to be mulling over the approach.
Verdict: McBurnie is a player on the up. The Scotland international scored 24 goals in 44 appearances for the Swans last season, his highest-scoring season to date. However, his Premier League experience is limited, and his record at the highest level does not make for great reading. He is yet to score in 16 games in the top tier and has also drawn a blank in all of his seven matches for Scotland. £20m, therefore, is an awful lot to pay for a forward who still has a lot to prove, and the fee would allow Swansea to bring in another good quality striker to replace him. Sheffield United, meanwhile, have brought in just two players with Premier League experience this summer. Surely some top-level quality is needed for them to survive?
How likely is the deal? 8/10