While reports have swilled all day that Sheffield United are set to part ways with Sander Berge, the Mirror’s David Anderson has offered a glimmer of hope for Blades fans.
Reports all day have suggested United will sell Berge to Brugge and at the same time bring in Canadian midfielder, Ismael Kone from the MLS.
However, talk of a deal being agreed would appear to be a tad premature at this stage. And while Brugges are said to be pushing hard to sign Berge, they are nowhere near the asking price United are thought to be asking for. According to Anderson, the Belgian side’s offer is below the £22m United shelled out in the first place.
Of course, on the surface anyway, this would suggest that United won’t be accepting a bid from the Belgian outfit just yet. All throughout the summer it has been claimed the club don’t need to sell Berge and that the £35m release clause in his contract is the figure the board want, albeit there has been a nod to the fact that bids over that initial £22m outlay may be considered.
Our View: Berge Only Leaves For Big Money
While we can see how Sander Berge might end up leaving United, the notion that he might go for less than we paid is hard to accept. Indeed, it’s probably hard for fans to accept as well.
Sure, every player has a price. But if United did sell for less than £22m then it would go against everything mentioned all summer and the noises from the club, local journalists, and national media.
Berge might well end up in Belgium but there has to be a major fee involved to make it worth United’s while. Otherwise, Blades fans will be left scratching their heads once again in a transfer window.