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Leeds can form dream duo with Sander Berge

This is set to be a frantic and busy summer transfer window for Leeds United with Jesse Marsch already welcoming three new faces to Elland Road.

Victor Orta has put his negotiating hat on and has got to work swiftly and efficiently as the Whites aim to significantly improve on their relegation-threatened campaign of 2021/22.

This summer has been full of good news for Leeds so far but they are staring down a barrel of seeing their two best players leave in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.

The latter is the subject of intense interest from Manchester City and if he does leave, a replacement will need to be sourced despite the addition of Marc Roca.

The Spaniard is an exciting signing and even if he didn’t play a great deal for Bayern Munich last term, has the technical ability and defensive know-how to have a big impact in the middle for Leeds.

Midfield has been an area of concern for a while now and that extends back to the days of Marcelo Bielsa in charge. Leeds typically struggle without Phillips and thus, depth and greater quality are required.

Fortunately, it looks as though they’re making efforts to improve in that department with Sander Berge linked with a move last week.

A £25m deal could be on the table if they can do business with their Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield United, and he’d be an astute capture if they can get a deal across the line.

Once lined up for a move to Liverpool, it’s not quite happened for the Norwegian in English football yet but the “complete” midfield in the words of Chris Wilder, can seemingly do it all.

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Last season, the 24-year-old scored six goals and picked up four assists for his troubles, all while completing over 82% of his passes and producing 1.1 tackles per match.

A mean tackling machine inside his own half, Berge is also more than capable when striding forwards.

Your classic box-to-box midfielder, he’d be superb in a two alongside Roca who is aggressive when defending and tidy in possession. His one tackle per match in the Bundesliga last season doesn’t seem to be very much but he did only play nine times. Indeed, when looking at his tackling stats per 90 minutes, he won 1.6, higher than that of Berge.

His pass completion rate of 88% is also eye-catching, showing that he knows how to keep the ball and find a teammate.

Leeds will need to learn how to keep the ball more often next term and a pivot of Berge and Roca means they should be able to achieve that.

AND in other news, “Orta remains keen”: Journo drops Leeds transfer update that’ll have supporters fuming…

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