We’ve seen some strange transfer rumours in our time covering Sheffield United but the latest reports suggesting £10m is what Sander Berge can go for might top the lot.
Reports in Italy in recent days seem to be gathering pace. Bizarrely, they suggest that Berge is available in a cut-price deal. This £10m fee is being mentioned over and over, with various outlets picking up on it.
In recent days, it’s been suggested that Napoli fancy themselves a bargain when it comes to Berge. Further, Arsenal and Liverpool are continuing to circle, although the Gunners’ interest has faded a tad.
However, as reported by multiple local outlets, we can confirm that this £10m line is simply not happening. Sheffield United’s asking-price remains £35m, which is Berge’s release clause. Whether the club get that, or a fee just below, remains to be seen.
But there is no way Berge leaves for £10m.
Where the Sander Berge for £10m rumours came from
It’s pretty simple to work out, in all honesty. Back in May, when this line was first pushed, Yorkshire Live called it out for what it was.
With Berge’s clause dropping from £45m to £35m, there seems to have been either a miscommunication or bad translation from Italy. Rather than it be that £10m has been knocked off his value, instead, it seems that £10m became the sticking price.
As mentioned above, we can confirm that this is simply not the case. United’s stance remains a firm one. Pay the release clause, or Sander stays.
That has been the message we’ve been given since United were relegated and it was the message Stephen Bettis got across too. The club aren’t under pressure to sell, but recognise certain players have their price.
But think about it. If Berge was available for £10m, he’d have already gone out the door. That fee is peanuts for a Premier League team – remember, United paid that for Lys Mousset – so it would be a no-brainer.
The Blades are right to dig their heels. But while this £10m fee is doing the rounds, panic can set in. As far as we’re aware, though, it is simply a rumour.