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Arsenal edge closer to Lokonga deal as Berge chase goes quieter by the day

It could be good news for Sheffield United as Arsenal are apparently ‘one step away’ from completing a deal for Anderlecht midfielder, Albert Lokonga.

The Belgian youngster is said to be closing in on a move to Arsenal, with Football Insider claiming terms have been agreed on a contract.

Lokonga’s arrival could mean the end of Arsenal’s immediate pursuit of midfield options. One of those options, of course, is Sheffield United star, Sander Berge.

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Berge has been linked with the Gunners ever since the end of the last season. Aston Villa are also keeping an eye on the Norwegian, as reported last week.

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But it is Arsenal’s interest which has held fast and has been of the most concern for United fans. In fairness to the club, though, the Blades are said to be sticking to their guns on a £35m asking-price.

That price seems to be putting off potential suitors. It means, for now at least, that Berge is looking increasingly likely to stay in Sheffield.

Those within the club at Bramall Lane have made no secret that a huge bid could tempt the club into selling. But they’ve also made it clear we don’t have to sell, and it appears Arsenal have gone elsewhere.

Stance on Berge paying off? It certainly looks that way for now

Did we ever think we would see the day, Blades fans? Sheffield United dig their heels on a star player and a buying club moves on.

It certainly looks that way here. Arsenal seem to have moved onto other players and Lokonga is all but through the door. Of course, they might return for Berge, but at least we have made it clear we want £35m.

Prince Abdullah has had a lot of stick at times. But for the moment at least, he seems to be holding his nerve. And frankly, it makes a big change for Blades fans given our history.

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