Norwegian outlet VG claimed earlier this week that Arsenal are still interested in Sheffield United’s Sander Berge, having missed out on the midfielder when he joined the Blades earlier this year.
Chris Wilder’s side forked out a club-record £22 million (BBC) to sign Berge in January from Belgian side Genk. The 22-year-old was attracting interest from a number of top clubs before he joined the Blades thanks to a few brilliant performances in the Champions League.
He was always destined for a move to a bigger league, even before he joined Genk. Berge’s coach at his former club Valerenga, Kjetil Rekdal, saw his potential back in 2017 and compared him to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
Rekdal: Berge is like Patrick Vieira
He told The Times in February: “When I brought him back to Valerenga I compared Sander to Patrick Vieira. He’s tall, strong and fast for his stature. He is also not afraid to ask for the ball and will always do something with it.”
“Sander has a good pass. He made an incredible progression in a short time. It’s a shame we have to let such a young talent go, but that’s just how it goes in football.”
Berge is incredibly talented. The midfielder has played over 200 games for club and country in his career already, including appearances in the Europa League and the Champions League.
He has looked very good for Sheffield United too at times, but he needs to be more consistent to be regarded among the best midfielders in the league.
Arsenal’s reported interest is a surprising one. The Gunners already have Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey and Joe Willock in the middle of their park. They also have Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira out on loan, who have arguably fared better in the Premier League than Berge.
It is unlikely that Arsenal will make a move for him in January. However, if Sheffield United stay where they currently are – 20th after 0 wins – they will get relegated, and Berge might just become an attractive proposition in the summer.