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The potential impacts on Sheffield United if they offload key midfielder as Arsenal circle

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Sheffield United are planning for life back in the Championship as Slavisa Jokanovic prepares to rebuild his squad at Bramall Lane.

Jokanovic has won promotion from this level twice before, and the Serbian will be looking to use his experience to full effect as he looks to guide the Blades back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

There is a big rebuilding task on the horizon, though, and planning has already started with senior quartet Phil Jagielka, Jack Rodwell, John Lundstram and Simon Moore leaving the club at the end of their contracts.

Another high-profile departure could take place, though, with Sander Berge continuing to attract interest heading into next season.

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Berge became United’s club-record signing in January 2020, arriving from Genk in a £22million deal. The Norway international has since struggled with injury, though, and has made only 32 appearances for the club.

United are standing firm amid interest from Arsenal in Berge, with a £35million release clause inserted in his contract when he arrived at Bramall Lane.

If Berge did end up leaving, though, then what impacts would that have?

First of all, financially, it could be a big boost for Jokanovic and give him plenty to work with as he looks to bring in his own players this summer.

Berge cost a lot of money and is likely to sell for a lot of money, too, and we could see United make nearly £13million in profit if he did move on.

The midfielder is likely to be a high-earner, too, after the club splashed the cash to lure him over to Sheffield in January 2020.

This could also lead to the arrival of Tom Cairney, who Football League World understands is a target for Jokanovic having worked so well together at Fulham.

Whilst Cairney may not be a natural, like-for-like replacement for Berge, it could lead to a change in style which sees Cairney play in more of an advanced role.

Depth would be needed in midfield if the Norwegian were to leave, and whilst he wouldn’t be a ready-made replacement, Cairney would add another midfielder to the ranks. It could be a case of out with the old, and in with the new.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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