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Report: Aston Villa could challenge Arteta for Sheffield United's Sander Berge

Aston Villa could yet make a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, as Arsenal continue to worry about the Blades’ £35m valuation.

That’s according to Birmingham Live, who suggest Berge could still end up at Villa Park. The report suggests that Berge, 23, could still be of interest to Villa and Dean Smith.

It is suggested that Villa could trump Arsenal to landing Berge, much like they did when they sign Norwich City star, Emi Buendia.

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As yet, reports have claimed there are no concrete bids in for Berge. This, despite reports a few weeks back suggesting Arsenal had lodged a £17m bid.

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United are said to be sticking to their guns and demanding around £35m for Berge this summer. That is the release-clause in the Norwegian’s contract.

But Arsenal are said to be dithering on paying that sum. Further, the Gunners are also wavering when it comes to making a move for Aaron Ramsdale. Reports last week suggested the Gunners were pursuing a £20m+ move for the Blades number one.

Villa and United have a bit of a history in the transfer market. Last summer, Dean Smith snatched both Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins from under Chris Wilder’s nose.

Blades fans, then, would probably turn their nose up if Berge did indeed up at Villa Park.

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The ultimate nightmare for United fans, this. If Berge ends up at Villa, it wouldn’t sit right with supporters at all.

There’s the aforementioned transfer history. Then, there’s the ‘Ghost Goal’ that, essentially, kept Villa up just over a year ago. In a nutshell, there is just something that Sheffield United fans can’t quite like about Villa.

While we’d accept Berge leaving for £35m, it would be easier to accept if he moves on to Arsenal or abroad. A move to Villa Park would stink a bit.

Villa fans, on the other hand, would probably love it.

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