According to a report from The Athletic, Arsenal have used Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge in their own recruitment process at The Emirates.
The report details how Arsenal are looking to improve their scouting structure at the club. Among the plans for the Gunners is how they can identify talent early, sometimes before databases have even picked up on certain players.
And interesting for Sheffield United, it seems that Berge has been used by Arsenal to source these new scouts. It is claimed that Berge, along with current Gunners loanee Joe Willock, were used almost as guinea pigs for applicants.
Full scouting and analysis reports were the ask from the Gunners management. Interestingly for Blades fans, Berge is a player who has been linked with Arsenal anyway. Albeit, the Gunners need to pay £35m for the Norwegian, according to reports.
Berge’s future at Bramall Lane remains in doubt. Given United are expected to look at bringing around £40m in this summer, his sale is almost inevitable.
Arsenal scouting Sander Berge, but will they buy him?
Varying reports have the Gunners linked with a host of players this summer. They do want a midfielder, but Berge is not the only one on their list.
Yves Bissouma is said to be a prime target as well. Interestingly, Brighton are said to only want around £30m for Bissouma. That makes him cheaper than Berge, while he is also more PL experience.
Joe Willock is doing well at Newcastle. He is another option for the Gunners this summer.
So while Berge might look nailed on to leave United, it might not be to Arsenal. Despite their in-depth scouting, they’ll need to find the £35m.
That, as we know, is a completely different task in itself.