Sheffield United kept hold of Sander Berge in January but the Norwegian midfielder could still end up leaving the Blades.
Berge is one of United’s prized assets and the United fanbase let out a collective sigh of relief when both he and Iliman Ndiaye were kept from Premier League clutches on deadline day.
However, Berge might not be around for too long anyway. According to Alan Nixon this morning, Berge is planning on seeing out his contract at United. That contract runs until 2024 and Nixon reports Berge is then hoping he’ll be one of the most sought-after free-agents on the market.
United paid £22m for Berge while in the Premier League last time. The club will not want to lose Berge for nothing and if Nixon’s claims are bang on, then the summer could see United look for a quick sale.
It remains to be seen what impact the potential takeover might have on proceedings. Prospective new owner Dozy Mmobuosi is said to have personally asked for both Berge and Ndiaye to be kept.
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Sheffield United News View: Out of character for Berge
There are always different reports coming out about different players over the course of their time at the club. But if this is correct, then it would seem out of character with Sander Berge.
Previously he’s been lauded as being the model professional. Both Paul Heckingbottom and local media have spoke of how much of a pleasure Berge is to work with.
It would be a surprise, then, to see him take such a stance. In all likelihood, United will want him to sign fresh terms if promoted. If the club get wind at that point he doesn’t want a new deal, then it could be time to sell.
It’s hard to see Berge pushing to leave. But if he does, then the club will act in its own best interests.