Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is attracting significant interest in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that Serie A side Napoli are continuing to monitor the situation of the Blades defensive midfielder ahead of a potential summer move.
However, it is also reported that the Italian side are not willing to pay Sheffield United’s asking price for the Norway international, which is believed to be around £35m, news which should greatly please Blades’ supporters.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli would need to be extremely creative with an offer for the 23-year-old, although Sport Witness claim that the chances of Luciano Spalletti’s side completing a deal for Berge appear to be unlikely.
With Sheffield United hoping for an immediate return to the Premier League under the guidance of Slavisa Jokanovic next season, should the Blades manage to keep hold of Berge this summer, it will undoubtedly be a huge boost to the club’s chances of going on to achieve this feat.
Indeed, after joining United in what was a £20.7m deal from KRC Genk in January of 2020, the midfielder went on to make 14 Premier League appearances for the Blades in their 2019/20 campaign, scoring one goal, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates.
The £16.2m-rated man also highly impressed in a defensive capacity that year, making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.6 tackles and winning 5.5 duels per game, with these metrics seeing the 23-year-old average a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.90, ranking him as the club’s seventh-best performer in the top flight of English football.
As such, while an injury limited the midfielder dubbed “outstanding” by Chris Wilder to just 15 Premier League appearances last season – something that undoubtedly contributed to the Blades’ relegation – should Napoli indeed be unable to afford a move for the £38k-per-week man, as well as no other interested party managing to get a deal over the line for Berge this summer, it would provide Jokanovic with a massive boost ahead of United’s upcoming Championship campaign, something which should have Blades fans buzzing.