Nathan Hemmingham of Yorkshire Live has claimed that Sheffield United may be looking to ‘make a profit’ on Sander Berge this season, as they aim to ‘plug a financial hole’ following their relegation from the Premier League this season.
Hemmingham’s claim comes after speculation continues to surround Sander Berge, with Arsenal reportedly one of the clubs interested in the Norwegian, though Sheffield United are demanding that his £35 million release clause is paid if he is to leave Bramall Lane this summer.
In a short video shown on @SufcLive, Hemmingham said…
“What you’re going to see is you’re going to see a move towards a more global approach, the signing of undervalued players who they can identify at a young age who’s got the high ceiling, that they can bring in, develop for a couple of years and move on.
“So Sander has been bought for that reason – to make a profit on. They knew that they were never gonna keep Sander forever. He was a Champions League player at the time they signed him.
“So the idea with Sander was to give him that stepping stone and to develop him and make money on him. So if United can get the £35m for him – brilliant, fair play. You know, they’ve just got relegated, they will need to plug a little financial hole and that money will help them do that.”
Sander Berge signed for Sheffield United in January 2020 from Belgian side Genk for a club-record fee. Since signing for the Blades, the 23-year-old has played 32 games across all competitions, scoring twice and getting two assists.
TIF Thoughts on the Sander Berge situation…
TransferMarkt currently values Berge at £16.2 million. Despite his history playing in the Champions League and his age, Berge hasn’t really hit the ground running since his move to England. He appeared to be starting to settle in the Sheffield United side but his recent injury could make it less likely for clubs to be willing to pay £35 million for the defensive-minded midfielder this summer.
However, that will also benefit the Blades, as Berge is a player who has previous experience of European football and could therefore really shine in the Championship and help fire Slavisa Jokanovic’s side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.