Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, has reportedly told the club he is ‘minded’ to leave this summer, rather than play Championship football.
Berge has been the subject of intense speculation ever since United’s relegation back to the second-tier was confirmed. The likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa have been linked, while clubs in Italy are also keen.
So far, United have insisted that Berge will only leave if the £35m release-clause in his contract is met. There’s also been little indication from the Norwegian that he actually wants out.
However, the Sheffield Star have now claimed that Berge has privately told those at Bramall Lane that he sees his future elsewhere. It’s claimed that Berge wants to play European football, with Lazio, Atalanta, and Napoli all keen over in Serie A.
Interest from Italy is nothing brand new. We’ve reported previously on Napoli wanting Berge. Although their thoughts of getting him for around £10m seem wide of the mark.
United to cash in on Berge?
Slavisa Jokanovic is due to speak with Berge this week. From there, it’s likely we’ll get a clearer indication of what his future holds.
The Star claims that United could be willing to sell Berge. However, once again, it’s suggested he’ll only be leaving if the club can turn a profit on the £22m they paid in 2020.
In fairness, you can’t really blame the club for cashing in either. Berge has hardly lit Bramall Lane up. He did show signs after the very first lockdown and at the beginning of last season. But overall, it’s not been the greatest time for Berge.
If United can get someone to pay the asking-price, then a deal does make sense. It will allow Jokanovic funds to improve the squad, while Berge gets his chance at European football once again.