Tottenham Hotspur have submitted a bid of €20million (£16.9million) for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, according to a recent report from French publication Homme Du Match.
That was a frustrating campaign for the club though, as United were relegated from the Premier League, much to the frustration of the Bramall Lane faithful.
Despite the Blades’ struggles, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled Berge as ‘interesting’ for his showing against Liverpool whilst with Belgian side Genk, whilst former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder called him ‘outstanding’ for his performance against the Reds.
However, with the Blades playing their football in the Championship this term, that has seen Premier League clubs come calling for some of their key players.
Tottenham are the latest club to enter the race to sign Berge, with the likes of Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal previously being keen on reaching an agreement to land the Norwegian international’s signature before the summer transfer window reaches a conclusion on August 31st.
Berge has settled into life at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United well but the midfielder’s future remains ‘up in the air’ at this moment in time, with a number of clubs rumoured to be interested in signing the 23-year-old.
He has featured in both of United’s matches in the 2021/22 campaign, which will be pleasing to see for the Bramall Lane faithful this term.
Berge had an average Whoscored rating of 6.43 from the 2020/21 season with United, which put him 14th on the list in the Blades’ best performers from last year’s campaign.
It has been well-documented that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are well-placed to sign Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, which could turn out to be a shrewd addition to the Blades’ squad.
That will leave the newly-appointed Sheffield United boss with a number of strong options to have in central midfield, with Berge being one of them, if they can keep hold of him.
It’s already been revealed that United hold him in high regard, with the club looking to stand firm in their valuation of the midfielder, and that’s exactly what they should be doing moving forwards into the later stages of the summer transfer window.
If they can keep hold of Berge and add Vieira to their squad, then a midfield trio of those two plus Oliver Norwood could be a frightening prospect for teams coming up against the Blades.
It would be a big call by United to keep Berge with the club, especially if they’re to turn down sizeable offers for his services between now and August 31st, but it would be a real statement of their intent and ambitions to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking if they do just that.
That’s exactly what they should do too.