Sander Berge could be safe from Arsenal's clutches as Gunners prepare new Xhaka contract

Arsenal and Sheffield United seem to be going together like bangers and mash this summer, with the Gunners eyeing a couple of Blades stars.

Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale for big money this summer. Sander Berge is another player on Arsenal’s radar, although no bid has been forthcoming on that front as yet.

A deal for Ramsdale remains on the cards, though. Reports yesterday suggested the Gunners were lining up a fourth bid for the Blades number one. As yet, though, Arsenal have fallen short of United’s valuation.

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When it comes to Berge, though, United can have increased optimism around the Norwegian staying put in Sheffield.

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Yes, there is apparent interest from Italy. But as yet, those offers seem to be way, way short of what the Blades will even entertain when it comes to Berge.

And going back to Arsenal, they too might have just boosted United’s hopes of keeping hold of the big midfielder.

Arsenal u-turn helps United’s cause

Reports yesterday emerged to suggest that Arsenal will now offer their midfielder, Granit Xhaka, a new contract. It represents a complete u-turn from the club, who were said to be close to selling him to Roma.

But how does this impact Sheffield United? Well, Berge was seen by many Gunners fans as the man to replace Xhaka. They play similar positions, with Berge seen as the player to step into the fold when Xhaka was sold.

His new deal, though, seems to throw a spanner in the works there.

The Gunners will apparently increase Xhaka’s salary, and tie him down until 2025. That means more money on a new contract, which in turn decreases their need to spend big on a new midfielder.

United could well still lose Berge, we all know that. But Arsenal look to be out of the mix now, which can only bode well for the Blades.

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