Napoli join race to sign 21-year-old Liverpool transfer target

Napoli may have moved ahead of Merseyside club in the race for Sander Berge after they held negotiations with the Genk hierarchy this week. Norway international has impressed in the UCL this campaign for the Belgian club despite his side picking up only one point in their six matches.

Berge was doing something right in those contests, though, as Smurfs played Reds and Napoli in Group E and now both parties are tracking his signature. The Italian giants hammered Genk 4-0 on Tuesday night at San Paolo, and they used the chance to discuss Sander.

‘We spoke to the Napoli directors about Sander today, but not only that,’ Genk president Peter Croonen said. ‘We talked about our footballers and Napoli players, they expressed an appreciation for Berge, but we didn’t go beyond that. ‘It’s already well known that several European clubs are interested in him.

We didn’t talk about the price-tag, it was more in general about the quality of the player.’ Sander is well aware of the interest in him as well, but he was not to be drawn on his future after the defeat in Italy. ‘The UCL was a great experience,’ said Berge. ‘Coming to Naples was nice.

‘Napoli’s interest? I don’t want to talk about it, I’m just saying it was nice to play here. ‘Unfortunately, we weren’t good enough, we’ll see what happens next.’ Reds have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old midfielder and were tipped to step up their interest in him in winter due to the injury to Fabinho that is keeping the Brazilian out.