Belgian side Club Brugge are reportedly looking to break their transfer record to sign Sander Berge from Sheffield United.
That’s according to Belgian news outlet Voetbal, who claim that Berge is a ‘priority’ signing for Brugge as they look to spend some of the £32m they’ve received for Charles de Ketelaere. The forward signed for AC Milan last week, and Brugge are looking to spend their cash wisely.
Berge, who has started both of United’s opening games this season, is seen as a key player at Bramall Lane and has a release-clause in his contract of around £35m. Sheffield United News understands the United board would accept lower than that £35m figure though, with anything around the £22m United paid to Genk likely to be considered.
Under Paul Heckingbottom, Berge has excelled in a more attacking role. However, it’s claimed in Voetbal that Brugge see Berge as a number six. A problem for them could be that their record transfer stands at around the 12 million Euro mark. It’s claimed in the report that United want just 15 million Euros for Berge, which would appear wide of the mark.
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The Blades do not need to sell to balance the books as desperately as they might have needed to at one point and with that, Sander Berge will only leave for the right fee.
Heckingbottom’s feelings on the matter are clear as well. Either someone meets the release-clause or gets very near to it, or Berge remains in Sheffield. Only then, would it make any sort of sense for United to sell Berge.
Berge has been outstanding in the last six months and has started this season well too. If United do sell, the task of replacing him is much harder than some might think.