Reports from France have claimed that Arsenal have made a bid in the region of £17m for Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge.
The Norwegian star is said to be of high interest to the Gunners, with the Blades bracing themselves for a bid. Further, it has also been claimed that Berge would be more than open to a move to North London.
It has been claimed that Martin Odegaard could have an impact on Berge’s eventual decision, too. The pair are good friends and international teammates, although Odegaard could end up back in Madrid this summer.
French publication Jeunes Footeux have now claimed that Arsenal have indeed made their move for Berge. However, their bid in the region of £17m is said to fall some way of United’s valuation.
Berge has a £35m release-clause in his current contract. But there is a growing feeling inside Bramall Lane that a bid in the region of £28m might be enough to tempt United into a sale.
It has been reported United need to recoup around £40m following relegation this season. Clearly, selling Berge for as close to that figure as possible would go a long way for the club.
Arsenal bid for Sander Berge is well short, £10m more will do nicely
The good thing about United now is that we aren’t under massive pressure to sell. Of course, there’s an acceptance among most fans that Berge, and maybe a few more, will go.
But United can stand their ground a bit. £17m is simply not going to get it done when it comes to Berge, and rightly so. United want around the £30m mark. The club will owe Genk a percentage of any fee obtained, so making sure we come out with more than the original £22m layout is important.
In a nutshell, Arsenal need to dig that little bit deeper if they have any plans on landing Sander Berge this summer.