Sheffield United have been dealt a blow in their bid to keep Kean Bryan at Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who revealed in a post on Twitter that Bundesliga side Schalke have taken an interest in the 24-year-old centre-back ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
The Blades confirmed in a statement on their club website last week that the £1.8m-rated defender has been offered a new deal to extend his stay at the club, as his current contract is set to expire at the end of the month.
It would be a fair statement to make that Sheffield United have not quite seen the best of Bryan since he made a move to the club from Manchester City back in 2018, however, the centre-back began to show glimpses of his best towards the back end of last season.
Over his 13 Premier League appearances, the £3k-per-week man helped his side keep two clean sheets, in addition to making an average of one interception, 1.5 tackles, winning 4.3 duels and making 2.7 clearances per game.
The former England U20 international was also dangerous at times going forwards, scoring one goal and creating one big chance, with these returns seeing him earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.74 – ranking him as the club’s 10th-best performer in the top flight.
As such, following United’s relegation, it would be expected that Bryan could truly come into his own in the Championship next season, with the defender appearing to have the potential to play a key role in Slavisa Jokanovic’s side’s push for an immediate return to the Premier League.
And, it would appear that, from the offer of a new deal, this is an opinion shared by the 52-year-old manager himself, meaning that news of interest in Bryan – and with it, the possibility of losing the “versatile” player – is likely to leave the Serbian gutted.