Burnley is one to watch this upcoming season under Vincent Kompany in the Premier League. The club have already a large heap of players in hopes of surviving relegation. One area of the team they have yet to add a player is in the midfield. Josh Cullen, Josh Brownhill and Jack Cork were integral parts of Kompany’s successful middle-of-the-park play last season in the Championship. Captain Cork is getting up there in age, now 34, and Burnley is eyeing to bring in another midfielder.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Sheffield United’s Sander Berge is on the brink of joining Burnley. It is believed that the clubs are close to a verbal agreement on the transfer of Berge. The Norwegian midfielder could have a medical in Burnley as earlier as today, reports Romano. This deal has progressed rapidly and somewhat out of nowhere. Nonetheless, it will be a much-talked-about transfer as it has both a massive impact on Burnley and Sheffield United.
Once a Liverpool target, Sander Berge impressed many people in the first two seasons in Sheffield when the Blades were in the Premier League. He’s then gone on to be one of the more dominant Championship midfielders. Berge’s contract expires next summer, signalling that the Clarets will likely be getting him at a fair price.
Burnley bringing in Sander Berge helps solidify what was a somewhat light midfield relative to Premier League standards. The club should now have the aforementioned three midfielders, Sander Berge and Manuel Bastien, available for Vincent Kompany to choose from.
Sheffield United has already lost Iliman Ndiaye to Marseille, so with Berge also leaving, the Blades are at risk of becoming serious favourites to finish last place. No team should ever be written off before the season starts, but it’s becoming increasingly worrying that Sheffield’s squad will be weaker than it was in the Championship.