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2 players Sheff Utd could spend 15m on instead of Brentford midfielder

Sheffield United could be about to splash some cash in signing Neal Maupay for £15 million. Today the Football Manc Cave is looking at other possible options for Sheffield Utd to look at.

Brentford has slashed their asking price for Maupay as they originally wanted £22 million. If Sheffield United do negotiate a deal for £15 million, he will still be a record signing.

The 22-year-old midfielder has had spells with the likes of Nice and Saint-Étienne until he got the chance to join Brentford in 2017. He’s since had 85 appearances with them and bagged 37 goals. Now the Frenchman is rumoured to be keen on exploring a move to South Yorkshire.

This news has created different opinions from both sets of fans. Brentford fans won’t be happy with the lowering of price and Sheffield Utd fans are hoping the transfer will go ahead.

In case the signing doesn’t happen for any reason at all or the French midfielder decides to stay put, we’ve picked out two back up options that Sheffield United could look at…

Oliver McBurnie

Sheffield Utd has already made it clear that they are interested in the 22-year-old, and I do think they should continue their advances to try and sign the striker. He’s been with Swansea City since 2015 although he was loaned out to Newport County, Bristol Rovers and Barnsley. This might be a perfect opportunity for him to take a chance and have a change of clubs permanently. It’s looking like Swansea are wanting around the £20 million marks for their man. This isn’t much more than the asking price for Maupay so may be worth the bid.

Charlie Austin

The 30-year-old striker has made football headlines as he has been left out of Southampton’s pre-season tour squad. This suggests that he may be ready to leave his current club this summer. Bookies are now predicting that Sheffield Utd will be at the top of the clubs linked with Austin. He’s got enough experience as he’s been with Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and most recently at Southampton, he’s had 71 games and 16 goals since 2016.

He may not be the most obvious choice and fans may disagree with me. However, he is a cheaper option. It would be a bonus if the Blades could bag two of the above-mentioned players to try and strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

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