Journalist: Sander Berge in direct talks with Club Brugge, United consider Canadian int'l replacement
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Journalist: Sander Berge in direct talks with Club Brugge, United consider Canadian int'l replacement

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge could be on his way of the club with The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath reporting talks are underway with Club Brugge.

The rumour mill has been swilling all summer long when it comes to Berge but there seemed to be a reluctance from clubs interested in being willing to pay his £35m release-clause. However, it seems now there could be some traction now with McGrath providing his update.

It remains to be seen if United have accepted a smaller bid or Brugge have indeed agreed to go to the £35m release-clause the Blades have insisted on all summer.

News of Berge’s potential exit will be a bitter blow to both Paul Heckingbottom and Sheffield United fans. The United boss has been keen to enforce his opinion that selling Berge doesn’t benefit the club right now.

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Of course, if the fee is the £35m then there is nothing United can do. However, if reports emerge that the bid accepted is considerably lower, then Blades fans will want explanation.

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It was always likely to happen, this. But United need to get someone signed and over the line before they agree to sell Berge otherwise it makes absolutely no sense what so ever.

Berge has been outstanding this season and there will be a sense of this being a real shame given how well he is playing.

However, the club will move on and if the replacement is secured, then at least Heckingbottom has been backed with funds to at least try and replace the Norwegian.

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