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Sheffield United breaks club record to sign Sander Berge

Sheffield United has announced the breaking of its club record transfer fee to sign Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge from KRC Genk.

The capture is considered a coup for the Blades after Berge had been adamant on only signing for a Champions League club. However, after nothing materialized over the summer for Berge in that market, Sheffield United was able to convince the 21-year-old of the move.

“I have gained a lot of experience playing in the Belgian league and the Norwegian national team but to come here to the best league in the world to play for such a strong side in Sheffield United this season, hopefully we’ll do even better now,” Berge told the official club release. “It’s been only one club for me and this is perfect.”

The BBC reports that the signing is for a total fee of $28.8 million, beating the previous club record of $26 million for summer signing Oli McBurnie. The interview with Berge seemed to confirm that the club had interest in him over the summer, and now completes the move. The club also confirmed that owner Prince Abdullah took a “personal interest” in the completion of the deal.