Arsenal 'keeping tabs on Sander Berge but face transfer battle with Liverpool and Napoli for Sheff Utd midfielder
2nd July 2021

ARSENAL are keeping a close eye on Blades ace Sander Berge with a view to bolstering their midfield ranks ahead of Granit Xhaka possible departure. 

But the Gunners are facing a transfer tug-of-war for the Sheffield United player with Napoli, Lazio and Liverpool reportedly after his signature. 

The Sheffield Star claims the Norway international midfielder is among the names on the club's 'for sale' list following the arrival of new manager Slaviska Jankovic. 

Bramall Lane chiefs are thought to be eager to boost funds following the club’s drop from the Premier League.


And Berge, 23, who is reportedly unenthusiastic about the prospect of playing in the Championship, is believed to have a £35million clause in his contract. 

Arsenal, who finished eighth last term, are looking to strengthen their midfield options with wantaway star Granit Xhaka heavily linked with a move to Roma. 

Earlier this month it was reported the North London giants had a £17.2 m bid for Berge rejected by Bramall Lane officials. 

However, the Star claims a concrete bid for the Norwegian is yet to be put forward.

And it is thought Blades chiefs are keen to get the full relegation release clause fee. 

Berge, who has 24 senior Norway caps is keen to continue playing club football at the highest level.

And the midfielder is a national team-mate of Gunners former loan star Martin Odegaard.

Berge joined the Yorkshire side from Genk in January 2020 for a club record figure of £22million. 

However an injury-hit season has seen the Norwegian restricted to just 15 Premier League appearances last term netting once and providing one assist. 

And surgery on a hamstring in December 2020 forced him out of action until May this year. 

It’s reported Berge’s lengthy spell on the treatment table has led Napoli to baulk at his £35million valuation. 

And officials at the Serie A giants are thought to have requested access to the player’s medical records. 

The Italian side and Arsenal are reportedly also keen on Blades keeper Aaron Ramsdale. 

However, it is reported the idea of Jankovic sanctioning a sale of the England Under-21 stopper would be unpopular with Blades fans.

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