Former Norway international Erik Thorstvedt believes a move to Aston Villa or West Ham would be the “natural next step” for Sheffield United ace Sander Berge, speaking to Nettavissen.
It’s not often a player goes from the bottom of the Premier League to the top in one fell swoop.
So eyebrows were raised when reports suggested Berge, Sheffield United’s £22 million record signing, could swap a soon-to-be-relegated Blades side for champions elect Manchester City (Voetbal 24).
Having spent much of the season sidelined through injury, the 6ft 5in midfield enforcer has managed to avoid being tarred with the same brush that has blotted the reputations of John Fleck, Aaron Ramsdale, Enda Stevens and co at Bramall Lane.
But, according to Thorstvedt, Berge should be wary of joining a City side boasting a host of top-quality midfielders – even if Fernandinho’s impending departure does open up space for a new face.
“I’m not sure (he should join Man City). It looks like Fernandinho will be gone so they will soon be looking for a replacement. It is also a badly hidden secret (Berge) will change clubs this summer,” says Thorstvedt.
“Basically, I would have thought a club like Aston Villa or West Ham would be more likely. It would be a natural next step from a club relegated from the same division.
“We must not forget these are rumours so we must calm down a bit. Although I must admit it would have been fun to see Sander Berge at a club like Manchester City or Liverpool.”
A few weeks ago, EuroSport claimed Berge, who played Champions League football with Genk in 2019, is all-but certain to leave Sheffield United this summer with Aston Villa interested.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have identified the youngster as a potential Gini Wijnaldum replacement at Anfield.