Arsenal are interested in signing Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck this summer, reports Football Insider.
Gunners head coach, Mikel Arteta, is a long-term admirer of Fleck and was particularly impressed with the 28-year-old’s performance against his team at the weekend.
The Scotland international netted the equalising goal for the Blades to earn a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Fleck is now the club’s joint top scorer in the Premier League with five strikes.
United have made it clear they will not sell any of their first team players during the January transfer window. However, they may struggle to hold onto Fleck come the summer.
Yet any side who wants to sign the midfield ace will have to meet their £20m asking price. This is despite the fact he is out of contract in 2021.
Why Blades are vulnerable to Arsenal interest in John Fleck
Although Fleck has now entered the final 18 months of his current deal at Bramall Lane, the Sheffield Star reports the club have only just started preliminary talks over a new one.
There are a number of the Blades squad currently in negotiation over new contracts. Manager Chris Wilder says if he were them he would get them signed soon.
This is something of a warning, with Wilder also saying he won’t stand still and essentially he and the club will move on without them.
It’s easy to see why the 52-year-old is taking this stance. After all, players like Fleck wouldn’t even be in such a great position if it wasn’t for Wilder.
Signed on a free transfer from Coventry City in 2016 shortly after he became boss, the Scot was a key part of two promotions in three years since.
Yet while Wilder gave him the platform to succeed, it is Fleck who has seized the opportunity. And if the chance to move to North London is a tempting one, he is in a great bargaining position.