Sheffield United will not be forced into selling Sander Berge for a reduced price this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Sheffield Star, who claimed that the Blades will demand a fee of around £35m in order to part with the defensive midfielder in the upcoming transfer window, despite suffering relegation to the Championship this season.
The report added that Arsenal are thought to be monitoring the Norway international’s situation ahead of a potential move in the coming months, but, Sheffield United’s firm stance over the 23-year-old’s valuation could deter Mikel Arteta’s side from making a move.
While Berge – whom Chris Wilder dubbed an “outstanding” player – was by no means in the best form of his life this season, something which was most probably a result of spending a long spell on the sidelines due to injury, that the Blades appear to be standing strong over the midfielder’s potential sale this summer is likely to have fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, after joining Sheffield United from Genk in a £19.8m deal back in January of 2020, Berge impressed over his 14 Premier League appearances in the club’s 2019/20 campaign, scoring one goal, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to averaging 0.7 interceptions, 1.6 tackles and winning 5.5 duels per game – with these metrics culminating in a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.90.
As such, if Berge can rediscover such form for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side in their Championship campaign next season, it should considerably boost the Blades’ chances of making an immediate return to the Premier League under their new manager.
With the £16.2m-rated man’s asking price appearing likely to deter a number of clubs from making a move for the £38,000-per-week 23-year-old this summer, which subsequently increases the chances of him remaining at Bramall Lane ahead of next season, this would appear to be very good news indeed for both Jokanovic and fans of the club.