Sheffield United are willing to sanction the departure of Blades centre-forward Oliver Burke this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Slavisa Jokanovic is hoping to find the 24-year-old a new club over what remains of the summer transfer window in order to make room for a number of new arrivals at Bramall Lane.
The report goes on to state that the 53-year-old is prepared to accept a minimal fee for the Scotland international, while the Serbian manager is also thought to be willing to sanction the player’s departure on a loan deal, in a desperate attempt to get the £19k-per-week man’s wages off of the Blades’ books.
To say that Burke has not lived up to expectations following his move from West Bromwich Albion last summer, a deal which cost the Blades a fee of around £5.85m as well as Callum Robinson – a player who scored against Jokanovic’s side in Albion’s 4-0 romp of Sheffield United last week – would be something of an understatement.
Indeed, over the £5.4m-rated man’s 25 Premier League appearances for United last season, the 24-year-old scored just one goal, provided his teammates with one assist and missed a total of three big chances, as well as winning an average of just 35% of his duels.
It has been a similar story over the former RB Leipzig striker’s three Championship appearances this season, scoring no goals and providing no assists, with his efforts seeing him earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.53 – the joint seventh-worst rating of the Sheffield United squad.
As such, it would indeed appear highly advisable for Jokanovic to do all he can to move Burke on this summer, as, aside from the fact the 53-year-old currently has seven centre-forwards in his first-team squad, the Scot does simply not appear to be worth the rather hefty weekly wage United are paying him.