Dutch site Voetbal24 have claimed that Manchester City are interested in raiding Sheffield United for midfielder Sander Berge this summer with the Blades likely to go down – but they might face competition from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.
Berge, 23, has been sidelined since December having undergone hamstring surgery and while he has been forced to watch from the sidelines – Sheffield United have plummeted downwards. They are almost a certainty to be relegated this season.
That means a number of their key players are expected to depart in the coming months and Norway international Berge is an example of that. The race is hotting up to sign the 6ft 5in former Genk star, with Manchester City now interested.
Voetbal24 say Man City want a replacement for Fernandinho and have identified Berge. However, it comes after Jeunes Footeux recently claimed Tottenham and Arsenal are keen, while Eurosport says Liverpool and Aston Villa want him.
TBR’s view – Is Berge of the required quality for Manchester City?
Straight away? Probably not. But he is young and has enormous potential – which has somewhat subsided at Sheffield United due to their lack of form and due to his hamstring issues. He has the promise to replace Fernandinho with aplomb.
Would he be better off going to a side where he would play regularly? Most definitely. Tottenham could do with a midfielder alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and allow Tanguy Ndombele to play with more freedom.
Arsenal need a midfielder alongside Thomas Partey, while Liverpool might want cover for Fabinho – something they have lacked when Fabinho has played in defence. But if he is to play week in, week out, Villa would surely be ideal.