One name that surprised many when he popped up on transfer deadline day was Norwegian midfielder, Sander Berge. The Genk midfielder was reported to be on the radar of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal by Dagbladet in his native Norway.
It appears any interest came to nothing, with Berge still in Belgium. However, Sevilla are also keen. As reported by Estadio Deportivo, the Spanish side have made a £13 million move for the player this week. With the Spanish window open until the end of August, there is every chance that Sevilla could get their man.
The news that Berge could head to a top club for a fee of £13 million should certainly upset Everton fans.
Back in 2017, it appears Everton could have got him for just £1.7 million. His former manager at Valerenga, Kjetil Rekdal, told Sport/Foot last year (as relayed by Sport Witness) that Everton would not meet his asking price. Therefore, he headed to Genk in January last year instead.
“Of course, Sander wanted to go to the Premier League, but Everton weren’t being generous enough. Genk were offering more. I told their CEO and director of football that Berge would be their best transfer. I think I convinced them to break their piggy bank and I think they’re glad to have done so.”
– Kjetil Rekdal on Everton’s failure to sign Berge
The 20-year-old has certainly imposed himself since. A regular for his country and wanted by the likes of Sevilla and the North London sides, Everton clearly made a mistake in this pursuit.
Berge now looks destined for the top. Everton fans will wonder why he isn’t going to get there at Goodison Park.