Leeds United continues to be aggressive this summer in the transfer market as the Elland Road hierarchy and club director of football Victor Orta has seen fit to back Jesse Marsch in a considerable reinforcement campaign that could now be setting its sights on Norwegian international midfielder Sander Berge.
That report comes by way of The Star’s Sheffield United correspondent James Shields who tweeted earlier that Berge’s agent was getting ‘busy’ amid reported interest from Leeds in what would likely be a replacement for Kalvin Phillips.
— James Shield (@JamesShield1) June 23, 2022
Phillips is still on the radar at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City is linked with a heavy interest in the England international, which would leave Leeds well short of central midfield options capable of being deployed as a ball-winner or in a defensive midfield role.
Though previous reports had linked Leeds with a possible approach and interest in the 24-year-old Bærums-native, the club has not tabled an official offer for the midfielder while further suggestions have linked some inside the national team camp with trying to influence the player to secure a move away from Sheffield United this summer.
Leeds has already expertly navigated the summer market after securing a trio of deals for RB Salzburg pair Brendan Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, as well as former Spanish youth international Marc Roca from Bayern Munich.
The Whites have only been made to part with roughly £50million for the three deals and have also been said to be considering a move for Dutch starlet Cody Gakpo.
Should a move materialize for Berge before the beginning of the season, it shows positive intent by Leeds to address key losses appropriately and early on in order for manager Jesse Marsch to continue to improve the side as he did after arriving during the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
With Berge being valued currently at just ~£14million via Transfermarkt, another shrewd signing could potentially be on his way to Yorkshire come the end of the summer.
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