Arsenal could be prepared to make a double move for both Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge, in a bid to tempt Sheffield United back to the table.
The Gunners’ interest in the Blades pair is nothing new. Mikel Arteta is a big fan of both Berge and Ramsdale. But as yet, there has been no bid come to United which has been tempting enough to accept.
United are said to be looking for around £35m each for the international duo. However, the Sheffield Star are now suggesting that the Gunners could now come back to the negotiating table with a double bid.
Change in tactics
The Star claims the tactic from Arsenal is being considered so that United see a huge sum of money on the table, and loosen their stance on proceedings.
One sticking point, though, will be that figure the Gunners come with. As United demand around £70m for the pair, it’s nigh on impossible to see Arsenal coming anywhere close to that figure.
Edu and Mikel Arteta could well look to tempt the Blades with something closer to the £45m-50m mark. Should that money come, and come up front, then the Blades board may well have to think carefully.
Continuing to dig in
It looks like United’s stance so far has led to Arsenal having to review their own way of doing things.
The Blades board have been robust in their approach. As yet, they’ve been unconvinced by any apparent bids. However, this new approach from Arsenal is an intriguing one.
Should £45-50m be on the table, it becomes a different ball-game. If that money is coming in as one sum, then Prince Abdullah and co could well be tempted to at least consider things.
However, as we’ve seen so far, this United board have held their nerve. And even though the Gunners will hope this new tactic will pay off, it would be no surprise to see the Blades once again stand firm.