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Leeds United: Insider outlines club’s intentions regarding Berge swoop

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Leeds United are hoping to sign Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, it has been claimed.

Speaking on The Transfer Show, noted insider ExWHUemployee discussed the latest transfer news from around the Premier League.

As journalist Beren Cross recently pointed out, he felt that both Phillips and Raphinha would be directly replaced should they leave, despite Marc Roca and Brenden Aaronson already arriving at Elland Road, while it appears that the Whites have earmarked their Yorkshire rivals’ midfield maestro as the man to fill the void in the centre of the pitch.

After a meeting between his former club Genk and Liverpool in 2019, Jurgen Klopp is said to have taken the player aside (VG via Daily Express) and praised him for his performance, labelling him an “interesting player”.

Berge was signed months later by the Blades in a club-record £22m deal and has gone on to make 66 appearances at Bramall Lane – but he may opt to switch cities.

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Ex said: “Leeds are looking to sign him from their rivals. Apparently, he has a £35m release clause in his contract, but Leeds are hopeful that they won’t have to pay that much money to sign the player.”

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The 24-year-old is thought to be valued by his current employers at £25m, as declared by Jones in his column for GiveMeSport last week, so it could be that Victor Orta and his fellow officials won’t have to meet his release clause, as Ex pointed out.

Norway national team coach Stale Solbakken recently stated that the 30-cap international doesn’t belong in the Championship having fully recovered from injury, and that could prompt the player to seek pastures new.

While he wouldn’t necessarily be as defensive as Phillips, Berge could be a driving force from deep for Marsch’s men, as he averaged 1.34 shots on target per game and took twice as many efforts as his potential predecessor last term (FBRef), meaning it will be interesting to see if a deal for the dynamic midfielder does in fact materialise.

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