Sander Berge has completed his move to join up with Sheffield United’s relegation rivals Burnley, on Tuesday evening. According to TV 2, they’ve sealed a deal worth nearly £15 million, including bonuses, for the Norwegian player.
Berge had a year left on his Sheffield United contract, but had no interest in signing an extension with the Blades.
On Wednesday, the final details were ironed out in an agreement that also grants Sheffield United a significant portion of any future resale.
Despite an improved contract offer from Sheffield United, where he already held the title of highest-paid player, Berge opted to ink a lucrative four-year deal with Burnley. Several other Premier League clubs vied for his signature, but it seems Burnley’s manager, Vincent Kompany, played a crucial role in persuading Berge to sign with the Lancashire outfit.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United are already in talks to replace the Norwegian, having declared interest in Will Smallbone and Gus Hamer. And, the announcement of defensive midfielder Vinícius Souza is imminent.
The Blades have already sold Iliman Ndiaye for approximately £20m this summer, so they do have cash to play with during the final few weeks of the window. But the issue is, they enter the opening game of the season in a weaker state than what anybody would’ve imagined after getting promoted.