Back in November, Norwegian outlet VG claimed that Arsenal were keeping a close eye on Sheffield United star Sander Berge.
The midfielder, who joined the Blades for £22 million (BBC) from Genk, has a lot of admirers in Europe. Arsenal were said to be one of them and Mikel Arteta fueled the fire by admitting that his assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, ‘really likes him’. (Football London)
Nothing happened in the January transfer window, but there is a good chance Berge will find a new club in the summer
Sheffield United are currently bottom of the table having picked up just 11 points from 25 games. It is looking increasingly likely that they will go down this season, and plenty of clubs will look to sign him on a bargain if that happens.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for him in the past but it looks like another Premier League side has joined the race now.
EuroSport claim that Aston Villa will look to pounce if Sheffield United go down this summer. The report claims that Dean Smith’s side are the early favourites for Berge’s signature, which is bad news for Arsenal.
Arsenal Insider’s view
Arteta will need reinforcements in central midfield this summer.
We only have Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey at the moment. Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard could both return to Real Madrid, while Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ futures are up in the air.
Berge would be an interesting option, especially as Stuivenberg knows him really well. The Norwegian midfielder’s former coach at Valerenga, Kjetil Rekdal, once compared him to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. (Read here)
He hasn’t done anything that Vieira did back in the day just yet, but he still might be an interesting option for us, especially if the Blades go down and he is available for an absolute bargain in the summer.