Tuesday, May 17

Information for VG: Serie A club interested in Berisha

According to VG’s information, Genoa will look at the possibility of bringing Viking star striker Veton Berisha (27) to the Italian coastal city.

REASON TO SMILE: Veton Berisha has played great for Viking in recent seasons.

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As far as VG understands, the Serie A club must have investigated what it might cost to buy the top scorer free from the contract with Viking and what salary conditions may apply.

Berisha shot the Stavanger club to bronze in the Eliteserien last season with 22 goals in 27 league games from the start. He was rewarded with a national team place by Ståle Solbakken for his achievements. The contract with Viking basically extends until 2024.

Genoa have struggled in Serie A this season and are third last after 19 games played. The club from the beautiful port city located around three hours from Milan took action before Christmas by firing Davide Ballardini (57) and hiring the former super striker Andrei Shevchenko (45) as manager. Genoa has five points up for good reason. Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that the Norwegian midfielder Leo Østigård (22) has been brought in on loan from the Premier League club Brighton for the rest of the season. Østigård has the same agent as Berisha, Stavanger-based Jim Solbakken.

Recently, it was also announced that VG will show Serie A for the season on VG + Sport.

NEW GENOA MANAGER: Andrei Shevchenko thanks Hernani for the match after the match against Atalanta on 21 December.

As far as VG knows, Berisha and Viking must have agreed before he returned from Brann two years ago that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to go abroad again. Rogalendingen has previously played for Austrian Rapid Wien and German Greuther Fürth.

VG has not succeeded in getting a comment from Berisha on this matter. Sports manager Erik Nevland (44) in Viking has not responded to VG’s inquiries. So far, the club has not received a bid from the Italians for the captain.

Success coach and Viking legend Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim (46) led the team to the raw 3rd place together with colleague Morten Jensen (41) last year. Now Aarsheim understands that there are clubs that want Berisha.

– It is quite natural that there is interest in him after what he has achieved the last two seasons. Veton has scored more than ever. He is an important player for us, says Aarsheim to VG.

– How far is it to let him go to another club?

– As a coach, there is not one you want to sell. Veton is important both on and off the field in the project we have underway in Stavanger. At the same time, we know that there is always interest in our best players. Then it is timing and price that decides whether something happens or not, says the Viking boss.

Berisha and the rest of the team are now on holiday. Viking starts the run-up to the 2022 season on Monday 17 January.

ON THE NATIONAL TEAM: Berisha played against Turkey and Montenegro in October. Here in a duel with Zarko Tomasevic.


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