The Norwegian midfielder, 23, signed for the Blades in January last year when they were flying high in the top half of the Premier League table – and the club made Berge their marquee signing as they looked to establish themselves as a Premier League side.
But despite their eighth-place finish in the 2019/20 campaign, the South Yorkshire side struggled massively last season and finished at the foot of the top division, leaving the midfielder’s future at Bramall Lane looking uncertain.
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Despite spending a chunk of last season out with a hamstring injury, many top-flight sides have expressed an interest in the 23-year-old who still has three more years left on his deal with the Championship side.
What makes this price tag even more remarkable is the fact Berge joined the South Yorkshire side for £22m in the 2020 winter window, so the Blades would be willing to make a loss of over £10m if this report is to be believed.
According to the Sheffield Star earlier this month though, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are remaining firm on their £35m price tag, with sides including Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa and Napoli all in the running to purchase the Norwegian.
This seems like a suspiciously low price tag for a man who is still contracted to the Blades until 2024. If this report is true, Sheffield United may either be in a bit of financial trouble or they are looking to get Berge off the books quickly with his head being turned.
However, the local media in Sheffield have not yet picked up on any financial worries at Bramall Lane and the midfielder has been described as the ‘perfect professional’, so selling him at this £10.3m price would just be bizarre.
If he is available at this price, surely the likes of Arsenal or Aston Villa would have snapped him up already? This would be a bargain deal – but the Blades may hold firm in their £35m asking price to maximise their profit – especially if they are under no pressure to sell.
Expect this one to drag on throughout the summer, because this release clause fee is one Sheffield United are likely to stick to.