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Sheffield United transfer news: Man City plot raid for Blades star, Ex-player voices summer exit fears

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge has emerged as a target for Manchester City.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:25 pm

That’s according to Voetbal24, who suggest that the 23-year-old Norwegian could be brought in as a replacement for veteran Brazilian Fernandinho.

Berge joined the Blades from KRC Genk in January 2020 for around £21.6 million, and made a positive impact in his first campaign at Bramall Lane.

This term, however, he has struggled with injury, and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since mid-December.

It is understood that City are undeterred by his recent absence, and will look to push for his signing in the coming window.

The reason that the Belgian outlet are taking such a keen interest in the story is because it is claimed that Genk will be entitled to 20% of any potential sell-on fee that United receive for the player.

Ex-Blades boss Chris Wilder spoke about Berge’s future prior to leaving the club himself, and told TV2 that is is only a matter of time before the midfielder departs for a bigger side who can offer him European football

Elsewhere, Keith Gillespie has argued that Sheffield United’s poor campaign could mean that they struggle to cash in on some of their biggest talents this summer, should the drop down to the Championship – with John Lundstram’s future a particular concern.

Speaking to Football Fancast, he said: “In terms of the performances this season, because Sheffield United haven’t won games and have been poor this season, clubs are going to go ‘there’s nobody really I want to pick from Sheffield United’ that’s going to improve their side.

"Last season [John Lundstram] he was fantastic, popped up with a lot of goals, but this season has been more difficult.

“I know he’s out of contract, but he’s been a very good signing for him and somebody that definitely they would want to hold on to to help them get back to the Premier League. But if somebody comes knocking from the Premier League, he isn’t turning that down.

“You want to be playing as much Premier League football as possible, because it is a short career, so you can understand players making that decision.”

Lundstram’s contract expires at the end of the season.

We’ve gathered the rest of today's Premier League transfer speculation below:

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