Sky Sports reported last week that Arsenal are considering a bid for Sheffield United star Sander Berge.
The Norwegian has been linked with a move to the Emirates for a while now. He hasn’t quite set the Premier League stage on fire since joining the Blades, but he is still a fantastic player, and the fact that he is still only 23 years old makes him a very attractive option to clubs.
Arsenal are expected to lose Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer. Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard will also go back to Real Madrid, while Joe Willock’s future is up in the air as well.
That will leave us incredibly short in the middle of the park. Arsenal will have to bring in a quality midfielder, and if the report from Sky Sports is to be believed, we are seriously considering a move for Berge, who has a £35 million release clause.
Berge’s compatriot and former Tottenham goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt has come out and claimed this week that Arsenal’s assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg really likes the Blades midfielder.
He told TV2: “Arsenal’s assistant coach [Albert Stuivenberg] was working in Genk in Belgium when Berge was picked up from Valerenga, and I know he likes Sander Berge.
“It is not impossible to get [to] that type of club, and I think that is the order of magnitude he [Berge] wants [for] himself. It will be very exciting to see where he ends up because he has gained a very good reputation in England.”
Arteta said the same last year
In his press conference just before our game against Molde in November, Mikel Arteta said about Berge: “Albert knows him really well. He’s a player he liked but we haven’t shown any interest in the player. He’s a Sheffield United player and we haven’t done anything at all.” (Football London)
It’s clear now that Arteta knows everything he needs to know about Berge. With Arsenal in need of a new midfielder and with Sheffield United no longer in the Premier League, Berge becomes a very attractive option.
However, Everton and multiple top clubs from across Europe are also reportedly interested in his services, which will make things difficult for Arsenal, especially considering that we will most likely not be able to offer European football next term.