Having recently appointed Slavisa Jokanovic as the new Sheffield United manager, the Serbian will undoubtedly be looking to build a squad over the summer transfer window that is capable of securing the immediate return of Premier League football to Bramall Lane next season.
One potential incoming signing for the Blades could well be that of Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Dion Sanderson, with the Northern Echo reporting that the Premier League side may be willing to cash in on the 21-year-old this summer, with the club thought to be demanding a fee of around £2m in order to part with the defender.
United are believed to have held a long-term interest in Sanderson, something that even last season’s departure of Chris Wilder has not dampened, and considering the impressive form the youngster was in while on loan at Sunderland last season, it is not difficult to understand why.
Indeed, over his 26 League One appearances while on loan with the Black Cats last term, the centre-back scored one goal and helped his side keep eight clean sheets, in addition to making 0.9 interceptions, one tackle, 2.7 clearances and winning 4.3 duels per game.
The defender also has Championship experience under his belt, having spent a spell on loan at Cardiff City towards the back end of the Bluebirds’ 2019/20 Championship campaign.
Over his 10 Championship appearances that season, Sanderson provided two assists and helped his side keep four clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, 2.1 clearances and winning 3.7 duels per fixture.
However, what makes his level of performance over these loan spells all the more impressive is that Sanderson is still just 21 years of age, meaning that the Wolves U23 star still has much growing and developing left ahead of him in the professional game, something that would appear to bod extremely well for his future.
As such, with Jokanovic hoping to build a side that is not just capable of securing promotion next season, but also remaining in the top flight for years to come, the addition of a player with Sanderson’s obvious potential would appear to go a long way to helping the club achieve this feat.
Furthermore, for a fee of just £2m, a deal to sign the Wolves academy graduate would be an extremely affordable one to get over the line for a club of Sheffield United’s stature, further adding to the argument that Jokanvoic must do all he can to land the centre-back in the coming weeks.