Sheffield United must fight to hold on to Ismaila Coulibaly after the midfielder she signed for just £ 2m last summer impressed on loan from top Belgian club Beerschot
- He signed with the Sarpsborg Blades for nearly £ 2 million last September
- The 20-year-old was immediately sent to Beerschot on a three-year loan
- The Belgian club is partly owned by the owner of Sheffield United, Prince Abdullah
Sheffield United’s Ismaila Coulibaly is drawing interest from all over Europe after a string of impressive screenings outside the club.
Coulibaly signed with the Blades of Sarpsborg for nearly £ 2 million last September and was immediately given a three-year loan to Beerschot.
The 20-year-old has scored five goals in 22 top Belgian performances from central midfield this season. Several clubs have already checked his progress.
Sheffield United midfielder Ismaila Coulibaly is drawing interest from all over Europe
The Blades may remember Coulibaly van Beerschot for next season, but face a fight to hold on to him for the long haul.
Beerschot, five points behind Anderlecht in fifth place with a match in hand, is partly owned by United Prince Abdullah.
Beerschot chairman Francis Vrancken felt that both parties could benefit from the move of Mali Under 20.
“This transfer is the result of our partnership with Sheffield United,” said Vrancken.
As co-owner of Beerschot and owner of Sheffield United, Prince Abdullah is looking for win-win situations for all parties. This transfer is an example of this. Beerschot can only gain from this increase in scale. ‘