According to a report from Norwegian outlet VG, it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal target Sander Berge is sold by Sheffield United.
The Blades went down after a dismal campaign in the Premier League. They will be forced to trim their squad down ahead of their return to the Championship, and Berge is arguably their most valuable asset.
The Norwegian has a release clause that makes him available for £35 million this summer. That is a lot of money, but the report claims that Sheffield United could be willing to accept a much lower fee due to financial impact of the global pandemic.
Berge has been linked with a move to Arsenal for about a year now. Mikel Arteta’s assistant Albert Stuivenberg is a huge fan of the midfielder having worked with him in the past at Genk.
The Dutchman even labelled Berge as a ‘real leader’ (talkSPORT) – a quality that Arsenal really need in the side at the moment.
The Gunners are set to lose Granit Xhaka in the coming days as Roma are reportedly close to reaching an agreement. (Football London) The Swiss international will be a huge loss and we will need to bring in a top-quality player to replace him, but is Berge really the right man?
Should Arsenal sign Sander Berge?
There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that Berge will go on to have a fine career at the top level. He is still only 23, and his technical quality and his physical stature make him a perfect fit in the Premier League.
A player like Berge could really fit well at Arsenal, but if the Gunners are on the lookout for a midfielder to replace Xhaka, the Blades star is not the man.
Arsenal will need someone who can do what Xhaka did for us consistently and more. The Swiss international’s replacement should be able to come in and have an instant impact, but sadly, Berge is not that player.
The likes of Ruben Neves and Yves Bissouma fit this role a lot better. If recent reports are to be believed, the Gunners will surely sign one of them this summer, and that really is the right move.