Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, is apparently the top target for Italian side Napoli, but they’re struggling to meet the Blades’ demands.
Interest from Naples is nothing new it seems. A few months back, it emerged that Napoli thought they could land Berge for around £12m.
Of course, it’s been widely reported by us and locally that £12m is going to be nowhere near enough. United’s stance has remained firm since day one in that a club pays the £35m asking-price, or they move on.
Further reports today from Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Napoli have been trying to get a deal for Berge done for months. It’s claimed they’ve offered around £8m – plus bonuses – for the big Norwegian.
But interestingly, despite the report claiming Berge is their main target, Napoli have also now put other players on their shortlist. Denis Zakaria is one, while former United-linked midfielder Mady Camara is another.
We also know that Arsenal hold a significant interest in signing Berge. But, like Napoli, they have also been put off by the asking-price thus far.
Sander Berge saga to go to the wire?
It’s looking increasingly like that is going to be the case. United will have Berge available for the season opener, and few would have predicted that a few months back.
It’s a massive bonus, of course, to have Berge available. He’s got his head down and worked hard in pre-season, and Slavisa Jokanovic wants to keep his man.
But, while Napoli’s bid here is almost embarrassing, Berge will still be a man in-demand for the rest of the month. In fact, if he starts the season well, then it’s likely clubs will be even keener.
For now, though, United can look forward to including Sander in their XI for the game at Bramall Lane this weekend. From there, we just don’t know, but it’s great to see the Blades board sticking to their guns.