Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted he can see why the links to Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge have emerged.
The big Norwegian midfielder has been United’s standout player this term despite a poor campaign for Chris Wilder’s men thus far.
Rumours circulated this week stemming from Norwegian media that the Gunners were keen on Berge. This, despite him only arriving in Sheffield in January for over £20m.
However, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Molde this evening, Arteta has played down the speculation, although he did see where it might come from.
“That’s probably why there are links because Albert knows him really well. He’s a player he liked but we haven’t shown any interest in the player. He’s a Sheffield United player and we haven’t done anything at all,” Arteta said.
For those who don’t know, one of Arteta’s assistants is Albert Stuivenberg, who the Gunners boss alludes to in his comments.
It seems, then, for the short-term at least, that Berge will remain a United player for the time being.
Inevitable but we can demand big money
United’s best players will always get attention, especially if we are struggling as teams look to see if they can pick off our top talent at a cheaper rate.
However, one of the good things we have done in the last two seasons is position ourselves so that we don’t have to sell. If Arsenal did want Berge, then, we’d be able to demand a hefty chunk of change.
Certainly, more than the £22m we paid for him ten months ago.