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Liverpool To Fight European Giants Over Genk's Wonderkid Sander Berge

Credit: Mundo Deportivo

Credit: Mundo Deportivo

Genk's Sander Berg has turned a lot of heads lately, as he's surged as one of this year's UEFA Champions League's top prospects for his great outings in the center of the pitch.

Hence, Dimitri De Conde, Genk's sporting direction, confirmed Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have reached out to the club in order to make a move at him, but also claimed they'd have to fight Napoli if they're serious about their pursuit for him:

"Napoli are interested in Sander, it's a possibility a deal could be done. We also know that Liverpool are interested and (Jurgen) Klopp, after the game at Anfield (in the UEFA Champions League), complimented him on his performance," De Conde told Radio Punto Nuovo.

Moreover, De Conde hinted at several big clubs trying to get their hands on the 21-year-old, who has already made his debut with Norway's national team:

“There are clubs in Italy who are following Berge and Napoli could be one of them, but at this stage, there are no offers on the table. From next week, things could change. We haven't had any official contact with Napoli yet," he added.

Nonetheless, the executive admitted that it's quite unlikely that they let Berge go in the summer, as they have the intention to keep him until the end of the season at the very least:

“Berge to Napoli in January? We don’t know. We are currently fighting for our seasonal goals and we are in a complicated situation. Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do. These are situations we can’t predict, we’re focused on our season, hoping to keep Sander until May.

Then if a top club like Napoli is serious, we will sit at the same table to negotiate, it is logical. The current valuation of Berge? We do not talk about figures; we do not set a price at the moment. We will see when we find ourselves in a negotiation," he concluded.

Sitting at 6'5'', Berge is tailor-made for the physical demands of both the English Premier League or the Serie A, so it'll be interesting to keep an eye on his development to see how this situation pans out.