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Sheffield United breaks club record to sign Sander Berge

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Sheffield United has announced the breaking of its club record transfer fee to sign Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge from KRC Genk.

The capture is considered a coup for the Blades after Berge had been adamant on only signing for a Champions League club. However, after nothing materialized over the summer for Berge in that market, Sheffield United was able to convince the 21-year-old of the move.

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“I have gained a lot of experience playing in the Belgian league and the Norwegian national team but to come here to the best league in the world to play for such a strong side in Sheffield United this season, hopefully we’ll do even better now,” Berge told the official club release. “It’s been only one club for me and this is perfect.”

The BBC reports that the signing is for a total fee of $28.8 million, beating the previous club record of $26 million for summer signing Oli McBurnie. The interview with Berge seemed to confirm that the club had interest in him over the summer, and now completes the move. The club also confirmed that owner Prince Abdullah took a “personal interest” in the completion of the deal.

“When we sat down with Sander it was clear that he was really excited about coming here and that was great to see,” said manager Chris Wilder in the official release. “I think this signing just shows how far we have come in a short space of time, that we are now attracting the likes of Sander to the football club. It’s a brilliant signing for us.”

Berge joined Genk in January of 2017 from Norwegian club Valerenga and has made 113 appearances for the Belgian side, including six in Champions League play and another 16 in the Europa League. He is a do-it-all midfielder who can tackle, dribble, and pass at an exceptional rate.

He has 20 international caps for Norway, earning a consistent starting role throughout Euro 2020 qualification. He scored his first international goal in a qualifying appearance against Malta back in September and assisted the winner against Malta in the reverse fixture in November.

Sheffield United is a scary opponent for all Premier League clubs, sitting eighth in the league table and are pushing Wolves, Spurs, and Manchester United for a European place. As a slight longshot, they still remain in the mix for a top four spot, sitting seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Report: Sheffield United in ‘advanced talks’ for $22M Norway star

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Sheffield United is ready to add one of the game’s brightest young talents to its blossoming Premier League side.

Norway midfielder Sander Berge is the name, and he’s been linked with Liverpool amongst others over the past few months.

Berge turns 22 next month and already has 20 caps for Norway in addition to 113 senior appearances for Genk in Belgium and 43 more for Valerenga in his home country.

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The defensive midfielder has chipped in six goals and four assists. He won the Belgian Super League with Genk last year and has a career-best four goals so this season.

It shows what success brings to a club, as Sky Sports reports that Berge turned down a move to Bramall Lane in the summer.

The fee is said to be $22 million, which isn’t small but completely reasonable given his stature for club and country.

This may move may join the Lys Mousset purchase as one of the Blades’ smartest bits of business, especially as Chris Wilder‘s men look for success on multiple fronts. Their success as a newly-promoted side is one of the great stories of the European season, and a place in Europe would be a fantastic achievement.

From The Yorkshire Post:

“It is going well, no doubt about it,” Wilder said. “On the Premier League front and in the Cup. You probably would not think it, but the win at Millwall has given me an enormous amount of pleasure in confirming, not even seeing, what my team is about. Players have come in with the likes of the skipper (Billy Sharp) and other players who are really driving it forward and want to produce individual performances and the atmosphere is good.”

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