‘Only a matter of time’ before Arsenal target Berge leaves Sheffield Utd

Date published: Tuesday 8th June 2021 11:47 - Jason Soutar

Sander Berge

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is close to a move away from Sheffield United, with Arsenal interested in the 23-year-old.

Berge has a £35million release clause in his contract, but it is said that he could be available for less according to Norwegian outlet VG.

The young midfielder joined the Blades for £22m in 2019, and he has become hot property since then, especially after the Yorkshire club’s relegation to the Championship.

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The Sheffield Star reported last month that Arsenal were keen on signing the Norwegian but are not willing to pay the £35m release clause.

As per the VG report, it is ‘only a matter of time’ before Berge leaves Sheffield, and with the asking price being reduced, the Gunners could step up their interest.

Signing Berge could put Arsenal in a stronger position to bring Martin Odegaard back to the Emirates after his loan spell ended last month.

The Real Madrid midfielder is currently looking likely to remain with the La Liga giants. However, signing an international teammate and friend of his could be a good way of convincing Odegaard to return.

The north London club are actively in the market for a new centre-midfielder as Granit Xhaka looks set to join Roma and Matteo Guendouzi is close to a move to Marseille.

Lucas Torreira is also surplus to requirements as Arsenal have placed a £15m asking price on the Uruguayan, but the 25-year-old doesn’t seem close to an exit as things stand.

Due to the declining amount of options in midfield, there are plenty of rumours circulating in relation to incoming at the club.

Hakan Calhanoglu could join after a good season for AC Milan and Wolves star Ruben Neves has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

Calhanoglu is available on a free transfer as his Milan contract expires at the end of June.

The 27-year-old registered four goals and 10 assists in 33 matches this season, helping Milan to their highest Serie A finish in nine years.

The club’s interest in the Turkish international has come after the Gunners failed to land Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia, who is set to join Aston Villa.

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