After initially appearing ready to join Arsenal until Mikel Arteta’s side refused to live up to United’s £ 35million valuation, Berge was later the subject of an approach from by Luciano Spalletti regarding a move to Campania.
Although this was relayed through an intermediary rather than official channels, Napoli’s decision to break coverage prompted their rivals in Rome to begin monitoring Berge’s situation in South Yorkshire as well.
But behind the scenes, Atalanta have also reportedly made advances to representatives of the Norwegian international; stressing that, unlike their Serie A counterparts, they will take part in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
And if its chairman Antonio Percassi decides to sanction an offer, head coach Gian Piero Gasperini believes it could catapult them to the top of the line-up of teams interested in acquiring Berge after United’s relegation from the Premier League.
Although new manager Slavisa Jokanovic has spoken publicly of trying to convince Berge to stay, the 23-year-old has privately told United he is willing to leave rather than play second-tier football. Indeed, at the start of last season, even before his teammates found themselves adrift at the bottom of the table, Berge told reporters in a supposedly routine interview that he wanted to relive European competition after having represented Genk both in CL and in the Europa League. before joining United.
Having seen him struggle for consistency since his arrival in England, the United hierarchy is also willing to cash with one of the advisers of the owner HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, believing that he could now order 13 million pounds more than the 22 million pounds they paid. the Belgians 18 months ago.
However, like Arsenal, Napoli, Lazio and Atalanta all think this is a gross exaggeration. Indeed, although they have become one of their country’s most exciting teams in recent seasons, they have never spent more than £ 16million on a player.