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Sheffield United warn Arsenal over £35m Sander Berge transfer price tag

According to The Star, Sheffield United have warned Arsenal why they will demand at least £35million to sell Sander Berge.

Arsenal are lining up a move for the Norway international, who Tottenham were given the chance to bid for before Jose Mourinho was fired. Berge’s situation stands out to the Gunners as he is expected to leave the Blades following their relegation.

Edu, Arsenal’s Technical Director, is likely to try and convince Sheffield United to listen to offers, though. But as Berge only moved to Bramall Lane for £22m 16-months ago, the Blades have no interest in lowering their demands.

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Instead, the South Yorkshire outfit have used backchannels to warn officials at the Emirates of why they will not budge. The time since Berge’s move from Genk is one reason, while the midfielder is now acclimatised to English football.

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Berge has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Sheffield United, scoring twice and offering two assists. He only started 13 of his 15 Premier League outings last season due to three months out following hamstring surgery.

Sheffield United also feel the fee they paid in January 2020 did not reflect Berge’s real value. He had entered into the final stages of his Genk contract and has three years remaining on his Blades deal.

Arsenal and Everton have previously been linked with Berge, who has a £35m release clause (Sky Sports). The figure dropped from £45m after the Bramall Lane side’s relegation from the Premier League.

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While Arsenal want to negotiate a lower fee, Sheffield United hold all the control over Berge’s future. The Championship-bound club are under no pressure to sell the 23-year-old and have marked the midfield as their priority area for the summer transfer window.

Berge would help the Blades avoid any unnecessary spending if they can keep the £32,000-per-week star. And they clearly feel he is worth more than what the Gunners currently want to pay.

The added interest from elsewhere will also aid Sheffield United’s position. Along with Everton and Aston Villa (Yorkshire Live), Man City have been linked (Voetbal 24). Pep Guardiola views the Blades star as a Fernandinho replacement, in a role Mikel Arteta also wants to address at Arsenal.

Edu, then, will likely have to trigger the release clause if he is to land his man. Especially as Sheffield United would also owe Genk 20 per cent of what they make from selling Berge.

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