New Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic will summon Aaron Ramsdale, Sander Berge and Jayden Bogle for talks next week, according to the Sheffield Star, as the Serbian seeks to know the trio’s intentions going into the next campaign.
The 52-year-old will take charge at the start of next month, as he prepares his side for the 2020/21 season Championship season after the Blades suffered relegation from the top tier last season. This has caused many clubs from across Europe to monitor some of their key players, with those three currently dominating the transfer headlines at Bramall Lane.
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In a bid to find out what mindset the trio are in ahead of the upcoming campaign, Jokanovic will hold talks with each player individually before making key transfer decisions and drawing up possible replacements if any of the three signal their intention to leave South Yorkshire.
One player the boss is unlikely to have any trouble with is Aaron Ramsdale, who has reportedly reiterated his commitment to the Blades amid recent interest from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge is in a slightly trickier situation. Unlike Ramsdale, Berge has no past connections with Sheffield United and could look for a move with Arsenal, Everton and Italian side Napoli just three of many sides keeping tabs on the 23-year-old.
But despite former Chris Wilder’s comments about the midfielder craving Champions League football in the near future, the Norwegian has been described as a perfect professional by those in and around the club, so the Blades could potentially play hardball with his price tag this summer if he’s happy to stay at the club for one more year.
Jayden Bogle is the player who has most recently been linked with a move away from Bramall Lane, with Norwich putting the 20-year-old at the top of their target list if full-back Max Aarons moves on from Carrow Road this summer – but could be the most likely to stay out of the trio with less intense top flight interest in him compared to the other two.
All three, including Bogle, seem to be reasonably content at Sheffield United right now so it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see all three stay at Bramall Lane for the next Championship campaign. If they do, it would be hard to bet against them going straight back up under a manager like Slavisa Jokanovic.
This latest move by the Serbian to hold individual meetings with Ramsdale, Berge and Bogle is a smart decision because communication is key when there are such strong transfer rumours like there are in the former two.
If he can find out how they’re feeling about their futures in South Yorkshire now, he can use it to either work out possible replacements or adapt his system so all three can potentially start next year.
This is the best possible way for the club to prepare if they want to win promotion straight back to the Premier League – and the noises coming out of Bramall Lane are good ones right now.