Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge says it’s ‘nice’ that clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea were hoping to sign him in the summer, though he has urged fans not to ‘put too much into it’.
Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has generally been using Berge in a more advanced midfield role this season and it seems to be working. The Norwegian has notched three goals and three assists in 10 Championship matches, helping the Blades reach the top of the table.
Berge got an assist in Sheffield United’s last outing against Preston North End, which ended in a 2-0 victory for Heckingbottom’s side.
Berge won the ball back in a good position for Sheffield United before shrugging off a defender. The chance seemed to have gotten away from him due to a bad touch but he managed to find Oli McBurnie and the striker made it 2-0. This took United’s winning run to four games in the league.
The 24-year-old appears to be too good for the second tier, and his impressive performances have alerted several Premier League clubs this year.
Before the summer transfer window shut on September 1, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leeds were all tipped to make a move for Berge.
According to Norwegian outlet TV2, two Prem sides made loan bids for Berge, which included options to buy. However, these were pushed back by United.
Belgian outfit Club Brugge were the only team to submit a permanent offer for the star. However, it fell well short of United’s asking price, which is thought to be around the £35million mark.
Late on deadline day, TV2 reporter Arilas Ould-Saada confirmed Berge would not be going anywhere. And this is exactly what happened, as he remains an integral part of Heckingbottom’s squad.
Sander Berge reacts to Liverpool, Chelsea links
Berge is currently on international duty with Norway. Ahead of their match against Slovenia on Saturday, reporters asked Berge about the summer interest.
He replied (via Sport Witness): “There was a lot of interest, concrete interest. You weighed things up a bit, it had to work out for both the club and me, and it didn’t happen.
“It’s always nice to sit in a position and know that there were clubs that were very interested.”
When quizzed about specific links with Liverpool and Chelsea, the player added: “There is nothing negative about clubs of that size being mentioned, but you shouldn’t put too much into it.
‘Not everything on the internet is true’, says Berge
“It can be flared up by very little, and it is not necessarily always right, even if there were big and interesting clubs that were in the picture. Not everything on the internet is true.”
Berge also admitted that he spent the summer living out of a hotel as he wasn’t sure where he would end up.
It is interesting to hear what Berge has to say about the rumours, after so much talk online. Clearly, Prem teams and Brugge made approaches to try and snare him away from United.
But these talks fell through once the asking price was revealed. According to Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri, United owner Prince Abdullah was not going to sell ‘for peanuts’ – and the chief stuck to this promise.
Presumable, Berge intends to remain at Bramall Lane for the rest of the season to see if United can gain promotion back to the top flight. This is the level he ideally wants to be playing at.
Of course, a January move could occur if United don’t look like they are going to make at least the play-offs. But with the Blades in exceptional form right now and at the top of the Championship, it’s hard to see Berge wanting to move on this winter.