Arsenal will have to pay £35m if they want to sign Sander Berge this summer.
That’s according to The Sheffield Star, who say Sheffield United will not be budging on their asking price.
Berge is expected to leave Bramall Lane following the Blades’ relegation from the Premier League.
However, the South Yorkshire club won’t let the fact they’ll be playing in the Championship next season mean the midfielder leaves on the cheap.
The Gunners are hoping they can negotiate down the £35m United want for Berge.
But the Norway international is under contract for another three years.
The Blades have also reminded their North London counterparts that the fee they paid for Berge in January 2020 was not a real reflection of his value.
They signed the 23-year-old for £22m, but his deal with Genk was due to expire six months later.
United are also using the fact Berge is now acclimatised to English football as another bargaining chip in their favour.
Will Sander Berge join Arsenal?
There are said to be several sides interested in Berge. Many of them are from the top flight in England, with Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester all believed to be keen.
Berge was also offered to Tottenham Hotspur.
Yet it is the Gunners who seem to have moved to the front of the queue for the Norwegian’s signature.
They have apparently already had a £17m bid for Berge rejected. They’ll need to more than double that offer to get their man.
Berge is also interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium. Especially if he can link up with international teammate, Martin Odegaard, there.
Odegaard was on loan at Arsenal last season from Real Madrid. It’s unclear yet whether the 22-year-old will return next term.
But while Berge is unlikely to stay with United, they won’t be strong-armed into a deal they’re not comfortable with.