Premier League darling Sheffield United broke the bank once again on Thursday afternoon as they agreed to send a club record 22 million pounds (28.8 million dollars) to Belgian giant Genk for young wunderkind midfielder Sander Berge. The Blades then agreed to sign the Norwegian International to a four and a half year contract set to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Before making the move to Bramall Lane, Berge had quickly become one of the hottest potential wunderkinds in world football particularly after he impressed many for helping to lead his club to the Round of 32 in the Europa League last year. He would later follow that up with being a key component to Genk's fourth title win in their history this past May.
Velkommen, Sander ✍️ pic.twitter.com/rz1HZl09Pm— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 30, 2020
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this move is that Sheffield United had to outlast several other Premier League sides in order to pick up the young Norwegian. Reports swirled around Burnley, Tottenham, West Ham, and even Liverpool as potential landing spots for the 21-year-old, but to the shock of many around the league, Berge picked the Blades instead.
Club manager Chris Wilder, who has been instrumental in Sheffield's incredible first season in the top flight so far, told SUFC.co.uk that "The board have really backed us in this window to bring in players of the quality of Sander. He fits the bill in so many ways. He's a Norwegian International who has played 20 times for his country, he's also played Champions League football, and we're delighted he has decided to come to Bramall Lane."
He added by noting that "this signing just shows how far (Sheffield United) 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."
And if we can add anything to that last point, we would dare say that this move might be the best made by any Premier League club during this window so far. As noted earlier, Berge had been looked at by at least a quarter of the clubs in this league including by Tottenham club led by Jose Mourinho and the league leaders Liverpool. For Sheffield United fans, this must be a dream come true.