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Sheffield United plot raid for Peruvian ‘wonderkid’ Yuriel Celi

Sheffield United are ‘plotting an ambitious swoop’ for Cantolao’s Yuriel Celi, reports The Sun on Sunday (25.07.21, pg. 62).

Celi, 19, is being labelled as a Peruvian ‘wonderkid’ and now Alan Nixon writes in The Sun on Sunday that Sheffield United want to sign the youngster this summer.

Th Blades hierarchy are said to be hoping to get a work permit for Celi, but they face competition for his signature from Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo.

Nixon hints at an initial loan move to Sheffield United and should he impress then Blades would then have to pay a £600,000 fee for the permanent signing, writing how the United ‘bosses think they could be pulling off a coup’.

Work permits can often be a lengthy process and for Sheffield United’s that’s the first hurdle. But so often do English clubs signs these obscure players from places like South America and they turn out to be shrewd investments.

Last season in the Championship we saw Joao Pedro prevail at Watford, as a prime example of English clubs poaching young and cheap talent from South America.

That move also took a while to go through owing to work permit issues and so on but if United can pull of a move for Celi, it’ll really get the fans excited.

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