Sander Berge set for likely Premier League return
While Sheffield United were relegated with a relative whimper, some players were able to show their class during a challenging season. One player who emerged from the campaign with strong credit in the bank was Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge. He only took part in 15 games for the team thanks to injury, but was relatively impressive in the way he handled the midfield. Given the relative breakdown for the Blades in the middle of the park, Berge was often the lone player to leave the pitch with praise from the centre of the park.
So much so that it is likely that he will return back to the top-flight this summer. Reports of a move to Arsenal have intensified, with talk of an exit clause allowing Berge to move on. The Norwegian, who provides a combative presence in the middle of the pitch and can drive forward with the ball well, would offer height, stamina, and aggression to most clubs. Arsenal are believed to be keen to land the player.
However, other reports from Norway suggest that the player is keen to hold out for a UEFA Champions League club instead. Given Arsenal have a long-standing reputation as an elite club in England and they offer a chance to be part of a genuine rebuild under Mikel Arteta, though, that might offer an enticing opportunity for the lung-busting midfielder.
United open to listening to offers for midfield star
Having somewhat jumped the queue to even land Berge in the first place, it is unlikely that United will stand in his way to exit the club. Signed on the premise that the club would push higher up the league, a relegation was arguably not part of the agreement. However, with a fee of £22m paid to land the player, he will not leave on the cheap regardless of any agreement.
The player was first monitored by Arsenal as early as January, and reports of bids being welcomed even then were believed to be true. Arriving from Belgian football from Genk, United will look to make a profit on a player who more than impressed during his time in the English game. Berge is a talented midfielder with plenty of energy and a strong range of technical attributes that can be improved upon.
In a team that might be less swarmed, Berge might offer the ideal fit for a midfield in need of some extra energy. Some early reports suggested that Liverpool might also be involved, with the club looking to bring in a new midfield option with the exit of Georginio Wijnaldum. For now, though, it is very likely that United will look to complete an early exit for Berge.
With the Norway national side not involved at UEFA Euro 2020, he is one of the few impressive names to be openly available this summer. With most of Europe keeping an eye on the midfielder when he was in Belgium, it will be interesting to see what calibre of club matches Arsenal in making offers.18.06.2021 < Back