Sheffield United’s impending relegation from the Premier League does not make it a foregone conclusion that the Blades will give up Sander Berge this summer, amid links with Liverpool.
This comes from The Yorkshire Live. They say that the 23-year-old could ‘dominate’ the Championship next season.
Sheffield United have plans for Berge
Indeed, it’s unlikely that Berge would have imagined he’d be lining up against Birmingham, Bristol City, Luton and Barnsley two years after he went toe-to-toe with Liverpool under the lights at Anfield in the Champions League.
However, this could be a painful reality for the former Genk starlet.
Berge, who was signed by former manager Chris Wilder for a then-club-record £22 million [BBC] in January 2020, hasn’t featured for United since December after he suffered a hamstring tear which required surgery.
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Although the Blades are just a few games away from their relegation to England’s second-tier being mathematically confirmed, there is no guarantee that Berge will leave.
The Yorkshire Live reports that Sheffield United are intent on replicating the success of Norwich City, who are expected to return to the Premier League on the first time of asking.
Pay up or shut up
With that said, they can’t exactly afford to prize themselves away of their best and most valuable players. Unless there is an offer that is simply too good to turn down, of course.
The report adds that similarly to Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia, Berge is expected to rip up the Championship should he commit himself to Bramall Lane.
Still, his future remains in doubt after reports from EuroSport touted Liverpool with a viable interest in Berge, whom Jurgen Klopp was impressed with during their Champions League meeting while the player was at Genk last season.
The message, though, from Sheffield United is clear. If Liverpool really want to make Berge their long-term replacement to Gini Wijnaldum, then the Reds better be prepared to pay quite handsomely to do so.