Arsenal don’t seem to be going away this summer for Sheffield United supporters, with both Sander Berge and Aaron Ramsdale targeted.
Mikel Arteta has apparently identified the United pair as transfer targets in his summer overhaul. Ramsdale is seen as the perfect goalkeeper signing for a number of reasons.
Berge, meanwhile, has been on the Gunners’ radar for a while. However, United’s stance of wanting £35m for the Norwegian seems to have put Arsenal off for now.
But with The Athletic stating that negotiations are already underway when it comes to Ramsdale, is it time United start looking at the Gunners squad for what they can get in return?
If they are, then one player that stands out is Reiss Nelson. We mentioned the 21-year-old in January as an ideal capture, and the time might be right to ask the question again.
One thing Sheffield United need this summer is creativity from midfield. All three regular midfield players failed to score last season, while Berge and Ben Osborn got just the one each.
United need to provide Slavisa Jokanovic with someone who can create and score goals. In Nelson, they’d be getting a player who can do just that. Sure, it’s not the 21-year-old has set the world alight, but there has been signs.
Last season, Nelson flitted between the PL2 team and the Gunners’ first-team. He scored twice in six appearances for the second string. In the senior squad, he netted one and assisted another in his four Europa League appearances.
Mikel Arteta is a fan of the versatile midfielder, too. After a 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup, the Arsenal boss singled out Nelson for praise.
“Reiss Nelson is a special player and can eliminate players one on one. He’s been out for a while but he’s back now and he showed what he’s capable of doing,” Arteta said at the time.
United’s transfer strategy this summer is said to be one that focuses on loans from the Premier League. Quality, not quantity, will be the order of the day it seems.
If the Blades do wilt and agree to letting Ramsdale – or Berge – go, then we have to be asking for something back. Yes, the money is good, but Arsenal have so much talent we might as well take a chance.
Nelson is a player who’s ready to deliver. He saw his teammate and friend Joe Willock do well with Newcastle last year. That will have spurred him on.
The Blades need a midfield player who can get forward, beat a man, and occupy different positions in different formations. Nelson ticks so many boxes and would soften the blow of losing Ramsdale or Berge.
A swap deal for Reiss Nelson and Aaron Ramsdale, plus a bit of money, isn’t the worst idea in the world.