Orlando City SC have turned down an offer from an unnamed English team to acquire striker Daryl Dike, a source has confirmed to ESPN, and added that the MLS team are still responding to questions about the striker’s services.
The BBC have reported that a Premier League ‘Big Six’ side consisting of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have made a $10million bid for Dike – currently on loan at the English Championship side Barnsley. – which was refused.
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The source added that Orlando continues to receive offers and inquiries about the striker, who made his United States debut on January 31 in the 7-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Dike has been a success since joining Barnsley, scoring three goals in his last five games, with Barnsley going 7-0-1 since joining. The source said Orlando is waiting for a larger offer, noting that Barnsley has an option to buy 80% of Dike’s rights for $20 million.
Orlando manager Oscar Pareja said earlier this month that he expects Dike to adapt to the Lions when his loan spell ends.
“Daryl’s place is here in Orlando,” Pareja told the Orlando Sentinel earlier this month. “I think he’s done a good job in his career so far and we expect Daryl to compete with us this year.”
Dike scored eight goals and added four assists in 19 league and playoff appearances last season for Orlando, in what was an abbreviated campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.