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Journalist claims Sheffield United star wanted in loan-to-buy agreement

Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, is reportedly wanted on loan this summer, with clubs in Italy showing an interest in the Norwegian star.

Berge is the subject of interest this summer and has been widely tipped to complete a move away from United. He’s one of the top earners, and United’s need to make a shortfall in revenue means Berge is the most likely to be sold.

And now, Alan Nixon has claimed that clubs in Italy are hoping to do a loan to buy agreement to bring Berge in.

There is no mention of the clubs involved. However, it’s been widely reported that Napoli are keen on Berge. It seems, then, that they want to land the Norwegian ace.

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We wrote last week how reports in Italy about a £10m price-tag were somewhat wide of the mark. But this loan news is new, and could well see clubs get around the full price point for now.

Pointless

It would be quite staggering to see United accept this sort of deal. It just doesn’t make any sense, both short and long-term.

If it’s a loan to buy, then it just goes against us. If Berge does well, we’d probably want even more money for him. However, the price is normally set in stone with these deals.

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Secondly, if United got promoted without Berge, there’d be an argument that we could do with him once we get back to PL. Once again, an agreement in place would scupper this.

Put simply, if Berge is going, then United need to get the money in the bank and up front. There is no point in messing about. Jokanovic will want to add to the squad.

Funds raised from any deal to sell Berge will be vital for that. Which is why it makes no sense to accept a ludicrous loan offer with the promise of some money later on.

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