Arsenal are considering a bid for Sander Berge, who is a highly-rated defensive midfielder playing for Genk in the Jupiler League. The Mirror report that the Gunners have been watching him for months and have established a good relationship with the player’s entourage. They will face competition from Sevilla, Monaco and Everton. He could cost as much as £18 million, which is a lot for a 19-year-old, but this won’t be a problem for Arsenal as they have money to burn this summer.
It may be seen as an underwhelming, but if Berge was a player signed to increase competition then it could be a good move. Arsenal are short on midfield options and need to strengthen in that area. Supporters will be critical, as this rumour screams of an ‘Arsene Wenger transfer’, as the Frenchman prefers to look to the future. However, if they target more experienced players alongside Berge, it could be a good transfer for the club.
Bayern Munich have made Alexis Sanchez one of their priority targets for this summer, but they are having concerns about a possible deal. The Mirror report that the German club fear the Chilean is trying to price himself out of a move to the Allianz Arena, as he wants to join Manchester City. The reported wage demands are as high as £21.85 million-a-year, which is an extortionate figure and one that would break Bayern’s current wage structure.
This is a surprising update as most would consider Bayern Munich as a great move for Sanchez as he would be fighting for major honours immediately. City are an exciting club, but they lack the pedigree of the Bundesliga champions.
Oddly, this could play into Arsenal’s hands, as they still possess authority over their player. If they continue to reject Pep Guardiola, it will leave the forward in a difficult situation and it isn’t out of the question that he decides to stay in North London. The Gunners will need to recruit well and start the season in good form. It is unlikely, but not completely impossible.
There had been a lot of talk that there would be huge changes behind the scenes and that hasn’t rung true since the season ended. However, the Telegraph are reporting that Arsenal are set to appoint Darren Burgess as the Director of High Performance. He is seen as one of the experts in fitness and conditioning throughout the world of sport.
At Arsenal, he would be put in charge of medical, fitness, psychology and performance analysis. The deal is due to be announced during the next few days.
Although it isn’t the huge change to the backroom staff that was expected, it does represent a positive step for the Gunners. They have suffered a number of injuries during recent years. Wenger was once at the cutting edge of fitness methods, but he has fallen behind over the last decade and that is why this appointment is being made.
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