Fulham could move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge if Joao Palhinha leaves this summer.
A report from 90min suggests Fulham are one of several teams keen on the Norwegian international.
It’s no surprise that Fulham are starting to prepare for the departure of Joao Palhinha.
The club have placed a huge £90m price on the Portuguese enforcer.
He won Fulham’s Player of the Season award after a sensational first campaign in the Premier League.
Fulham’s performances noticeably dropped off when he was unavailable and the likes of West Ham have taken notice.
Marco Silva will be desperate to keep hold of Palhinha going into next season.
However, with pre-season just around the corner, the club have to put together plans to replace the 27-year-old if a club does make a huge offer this summer.
Fulham are now considering a move for Norwegian international Sander Berge to replace Palhinha if he departs.
It’s not the first time the £22m midfielder has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.
Fulham eye Berge as Palhinha replacement
The report from 90min states Berge’s current contract runs out next summer and Sheffield United could look to sell him in this transfer window.
They claim, ‘Berge has long been on Fulham’s radar, who tried to sign him in January and and could move again if Joao Palhinha departs.’
Fulham join Newcastle, Wolves, Everton and West Ham in taking a keen interest in Berge.
Silva’s side considered a move for Berge in January to improve their midfield options.
Instead, they signed Sasa Lukic from Torino, who had an indifferent start to life in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old played a big role in helping Sheffield United get promoted last season.
In 37 appearances he scored six times and provided five assists.
Sheffield United know they need to cash in now to avoid losing Berge on a free transfer.
This could be why Fulham consider Berge such a good replacement for Palhinha.
How you effectively replace the best tackler in Europe is another question.
Berge is certainly decent defensively, but can’t rack up the same numbers as Palhinha.
However, he’s arguably a more well-rounded player which might suit Fulham in the long run.