Leeds United are reportedly preparing to make a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge as they face the prospect of losing Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips, 26, looks like he could be nearing the end of his love affair with his boyhood club.
Manchester City are reportedly planning to make an opening offer to prise him away from Leeds. After securing Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for Fernandinho and Phillips fits the bill.
With two years left on his deal, Leeds know their last chance to secure a big fee for the midfield will be this summer. And Thursday’s Transfer Gossip claims Phillips has now asked for a move.
That will spring Victor Orta into life. The Leeds official is closing in on a deal for Marc Roca and Berge could join him.
GiveMeSport’s Dean Jones claims the Blades’ Norway international “is emerging as a target for Leeds United”.
Berge played 34 times for Sheff Utd last season, but he could not help the club to promotion. The 24-year-old chipped in with six goals and four assists and, per the report, is valued at £25m.
There has not been any other interest in the former Genk star, who signed for the Blades for a club-record £22m fee in January 2020. So It may be a straight forward pursuit for Orta.
Norway boss wants Berge in Premier League
Berge’s national team boss Stale Solbakken does not believe Berge belongs in the second tier for another season.
As reported by Nettavisen, he said: “With the danger of getting Sheffield United on his neck, I think it will be good for him to think about it [his future].
“He does not belong in the Championship when physics and match fitness are in place.”
Berge though refused to comment at the start of the month and instead wanted to focus on his Norway exploits.
“I concentrate on the match and leave it until later,” Berge said. “What do I want? I choose not to share it here and now.
“After the national team gathering, my agents, me and the club get to take care of it. I’ve had a nice development at Sheffield United lately. Then we will see what the future brings.”