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Official: Kean Bryan leaves Manchester City for Sheffield United on a free transfer

Championship club Sheffield United have announced the signing of versatile defender Kean Bryan from Manchester City on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Blades and though City will receive no money, they have included a sell-on clause entitling them to a percentage of Kean’s next transfer fee.

Bryan came close to joining Scottish club Rangers only for a move to fall through after the player had reportedly undergone a medical. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said the Mancunian had wanted to “keep his options open” with other offers on the table.

And he’ll now continue his career in Sheffield with a club known for good youth development. Sheffield United took on David Brooks after he was released from the Man City academy, developed him into a £10milion player, and sold him to Bournemouth this summer.

Blades boss Chris Wilder sees potential in Kean, who impressed last year in League One during a loan spell at Oldham.

“It’s a fantastic deal for us, Kean is naturally left-footed, he can play left centre-half, left-back and in midfield and he is a very good technical player we think we can develop.

“He played over 30 games at Oldham which will have aided his development and it’s important that we’ve kept the squad balanced with permanent signings and loans.”

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