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Report: £30m-rated second-tier talent back on Arsenal’s radar; Arteta wants his teammate as well

Arsenal have reportedly put Sheffield United star Sander Berge back on their radar

According to the Sun, the north London side have reignited their interest in the Norwegian international.

Berge was heavily linked with Arsenal in the first half of the year. However, talk about a potential move had died down as the summer progressed.

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As per the report, Sheffield United will be open to selling Berge this window for £30m. Arsenal are also keen on the midfielder’s teammate Aaron Ramsdale, who is available this summer for a similar fee.

Although the Blades were relegated to the Championship last season, the South Yorkshire side are in no rush to sell any of their key players in this window.

New manager Slavisa Jokanovic is eager to retain as much of the side that played in the Premier League.

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Indeed, Arsenal are keen to sign a midfielder this summer. However, plans to bring one in could be complicated. The Athletic report that the club are to offer Granit Xhaka a new contract after talks with AS Roma stalled.

The Swiss international has eyeing a move to Serie A for the majority of the summer.

But despite Roma agreeing on personal terms with the midfielder, a transfer fee is proving hard to be agreed upon by the Italian club and Arsenal.

Insider View: Berge does not fit what Arsenal need

With Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey the club’s asserted defensive midfielders, the main focus for Mikel Arteta this summer should be a player who is creative and can aid in attacks.

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Last season shone a light on the Gunners goalscoring problems. And whilst Albert Sambi Lokonga has impressed in pre-season, Arsenal need a lot more than the Belgium youth international.

Whilst Berge is an exciting talent and could easily play for a big side in England, his profile is not what Arsenal are in need of the midfield as things currently stand.

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