FSCB youngster Florinel Coman has been advised against making a move to Sheffield United should he get the opportunity.
The Romanian youngster has been in fine form this season, with 13 goals and nine assists in 29 games in all competitions making him one of the stars in Romania.
His form has attracted interest from Sheffield United, who have already made a bid for his services.
Yesterday we covered a report from GSP that Sheffield United had made a written offer of €16m for the Romanian starlet, although FSCB president Gigi Becali has insisted he wants €20m before even considering a move.
Such a price would make the 21-year-old the third most expensive Romanian of all time, but he has been advised against making a move by former coach and Rapid president Grigore Sichitiu.
“It seems premature for him to leave now,” he told GSP.
“Răzvan Marin or Ianis Hagi have great problems in adapting to strong championships. If Gigi Becali needs the money, he will sell him now, depending on what he wants.
“I don’t see Coman and any other young FCSB players coming into a strong championship.
“It would be preferable for Becali to keep at least one or two of them. At present, no young players from those who left Romania are playing abroad.”
Whether Coman does get his move remains to be seen. While Sheffield United have seemingly already made their bid, it’s unknown if they are willing to match Becali’s asking price.
€20m is a high price, even in today’s market, for a player who is yet to play outside of Romania and has just three senior international appearances to his name.
With the likes of Manchester City having been linked in the summer, though, perhaps they will see it as an acceptable price to pay to get a young star ahead of the competition.