Premier League outfit Arsenal are still interested in signing Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, according to Norwegian outlet VG.
The maestro arrived at Bramall Lane for £20 million during the January transfer window – but that hasn’t deterred Arsenal from the international.
Chris Wilder’s team have just a single point from their nine games this season and are staring a return to the Championship full in the face.
With Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all previously credited with an interest, the chances of the Blades keeping him in the second tier would seem slim.
It is Arsenal, however, who seem to have the 22-year-old firmly on their radar and they could make their move.
Berge signed terms at Sheffield United from Genk where he played over 100 times for the club.
He has played a starring role in Wilder’s team this season, starting eight of the club’s nine Premier League encounters.
The 24-time Norway international was particularly impressive during a 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, with the player scoring his only goal of the campaign.
Arsenal have endured an inconsistent start to the campaign, drawing 0-0 with Leeds United in their latest outing.
The Gunners are currently in the bottom half of the table and Mikel Arteta knows he must revive the club’s fortunes pretty sharpish.
TBR View – Berge a solid prospect, but is he what Arsenal really crave?
The Norwegian youngster is a top talent and on £32,000-a-week the numbers should stack in Arsenal’s favour if the chance to sign him does become clear.
That said, he isn’t really the sort of player that should be at the top of Arsenal’s shortlist of targets.
Berge plays as an out and out central midfielder with extra emphasis on the defensive side of the game.
Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are the three players currently capable of performing that role, with a creative spark badly needed.
Arsenal might fancy Berge as a long-term successor to one of those three but he certainly shouldn’t be viewed as a priority addition.