Sheffield United contacts Premier League clubs over loan deals

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After confirming that the majority of his business this summer will be in the loan market, the Serbian is said to have already shown interest in a number of promising players ahead of the new league season.

After spending two years at Chelsea before becoming a coach, Jokanovic is still known to have strong contacts at Stamford Bridge where his former team-mate Carlo Cudicini is responsible for organizing and overseeing the placements of their rising stars. The reigning European Champions also own one of the best youth academies in the country, with members generally encouraged to continue their education with PL or EFL teams after graduating before being considered for roles in the first team.

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Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas, now of SC Braga and Bristol City respectively, both made the short trip through west London when Jokanovic guided Fulham out of the second tier in 2018.

Although the news agenda at Bramall Lane is dominated by speculation about the future of several United stars after their relegation from the top flight last season, Jokanovic and his team are working behind the scenes to identify the targets they they have identified are the most viable.

United’s decision to focus on temporary additions to Jokanovic’s squad is a response to both the loss of their PL status and the financial damage caused throughout the game by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Slavisa Jokanovic has her eyes on top talent: Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Slavisa Jokanovic has her eyes on top talent: Alex Livesey / Getty Images

However, money has been set aside for permanent acquisitions, with center-half and midfielder known to be priority positions.

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