Arsenal are on the market looking for a new central midfielder and relegated Sheffield United star Sander Berge has been heavily linked over the last few months.
Mikel Arteta’s assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, is reportedly a big fan of the former Genk man, who according to him is ‘very mature, intelligent, reads the game well, takes the initiative and has the potential to be a future leader.’ (TalkSport)
There’s enough evidence there to show that Arsenal are keeping an eye on Berge, and if a latest report is to be believed, Edu has already tabled an opening offer to sign the Norwegian this summer.
Jeunes Footeux have revealed today that the Gunners have placed a bid of around £17 million. That is a reasonable amount for a player who has barely played this season and has been relegated from the top-flight of English football.
However, Sheffield United are unlikely to even consider that. Sky Sports recently revealed that the Norwegian, compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira by his former coach Kjetil Rekdal (The Times), has a £35 million release clause inserted in his contract.
The Blades would demand clubs to trigger that clause, but that’s unlikely as well. A series of negotiations will surely bring that fee down, and if Arsenal really are interested, we should be able to convince the Blades to meet us in the middle.
Should Arsenal sign Sander Berge?
If Berge’s performances since moving to Bramall Lane are to be considered, the answer is no. The Norwegian has shown flashes of his brilliance, but he hasn’t been consistent at all, and that has been a big problem.
However, the midfielder is still only 23 and his talent is unquestionable. He has all the qualities to go on and become a top player in a few years time, and Arsenal seem to have noticed that potential.
If Berge is available for a reasonable fee this summer, there is no reason why we shouldn’t pursue a deal. However, with Everton and a number of top European clubs reportedly keen as well, it will not be easy.