Leeds United could progress with potential Kalvin Phillips replacement Sander Berge in next week
Leeds United could make progress with a move to sign Sheffield United star Sander Berge over the next week, according to Dean Jones.
Jesse Marsch has earmarked the Norwegian star as a potential replacement for England international Kalvin Phillips, who is linked with Manchester City.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, transfer expert Jones said the Blades could consider letting Berge go for the right price, something which could see them “cave”.
“Let’s see if they can make any headway on it,” he said.
“I think, over the next week or so, it will be interesting to see if Sheffield United start to cave in.”
The report states that Berge is available for significantly less than his £35million release clause, possibly for less than the £22 million that the club bought him for in 2020.
Can he replace Phillips?
Replacing Phillips at Leeds is a near-impossible task, given his immense quality and close relationship with the fans.
Berge and Phillips have similar profiles and skillsets, but the current Leeds star is ahead of his prospective replacement in most areas.
According to FBRef, Phillips completed over twice as many passes last season as Berge did in 2020/21 his most recent Premier League season.
Not only that, but he progressed the ball almost three times further than Berge, took more shots and made just as many shot-creating actions from open play.
The defensive comparison is even worse for Berge, with Phillips winning three times as many tackles, pressuring twice as much and making twice as many blocks.
While Berge was in an awful Sheffield United team, Leeds also had a poor season which saw Phillips make 11 fewer appearances than Berge did in 2020/21.
However, Leeds also need to consider convenience.
They want their business done early, having already made three signings this window, so they will not want to dally with replacing Phillips should he head to Manchester.
In spite of this, Berge simply is not the player to fill that void and Leeds may be better off waiting.