Sander Berge is still being considered by Arsenal as his Sheffield United future remains up in the air, according to The Athletic.
Berge joined United for a club-record fee of £22m in January last year, putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at Bramall Lane.
The Norway international has since made 32 appearances for the Blades, having missed the majority of this season through injury.
Following United’s relegation from the Premier League, Berge’s future at Bramall Lane looks uncertain, with a £35m release clause in his contract.
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Arsenal and Everton have considered making moves for the 23-year-old, and the Athletic now report that the Gunners remain interested in signing the midfielder, as well as Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.
The Athletic insist, though, that whilst Berge’s release clause may have decreased due to their relegation, he will still cost a substantial amount of money.
Martin Odegaard, Berge’s Norwegian teammate, could also play a part in any potential move to the Emirates, as Mikel Arteta prepares to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.
It’s a funny one really. Berge hasn’t lived up to his £22m price tag at all since moving to England, but he has decent pedigree and is still a quality player.
Arsenal definitely need to add to their midfield as their current options are poor, and Berge, as shown at Genk, is a terrific player who can dictate the tempo from a deep-lying role.
It could look like terrific business by United to bring in a player, get relegated and then sell him on for over £10million move than what they bought him for.
Those funds could be beneficial for Slavisa Jokanovic to work with this summer.