Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is attracting interests from various Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Everton. The Norwegian only returned to action last week after four months out with a hamstring injury.
The Norwegian arrived from Belgium side Genk last January for a then club-record fee of £22 million. And he played a key part in the Blades’ top half finish in the league last season. His performances in the centre of midfield received plaudits and earned him a solid WhoScored rating of 6.46.
But the 23-year-old midfielder suffered a nasty injury in December, which kept him out for over four months. His injury has coincided with Sheffield United’s relegation and also the sacking of club-legend Chris Wilder.
United want to roughly keep the same squad as they push for promotion in the first time of asking. But they will struggle to keep hold of their prized asset in Berge.
Premier League interest in Berge:
Arsenal and Everton are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Sander Berge this summer. The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool are also keen to sign the Norwegian.
According to Sky Sports, United may struggle to keep hold of Berge due to interest from numerous clubs. And their relegation has also prompted a significant reduction in Berge’s release clause. At the start of the season, his release-clause stood at £45 million. But it has fallen to £35 million following United’s drop to the Championship.
The Gunners will have to spend big in the summer after a very disappointing campaign, in which they have failed to qualify for European competition for the first time since Premier League’s inception.
As for Everton, like Arsenal, they will also miss out on European competition for next season. But the club will back manager Carlo Ancelotti in the summer transfer window to improve on their league position for next season.
Arsenal or Everton – who is better suited for Berge
Berge will no doubt be leaving Bramall Lane this summer. But which club is more suited to Berge’s playing style, Arsenal or Everton? Berge is a versatile player. He is capable of playing across all midfield positions and even in central defence. But he primarily operated as a box-to-box midfielder last season for the South Yorkshire club. Standing at 6ft and 4 inches, he is also incredible at winning aerial duels.
Arsenal need someone to partner last summer’s arrival Thomas Partey in the centre of midfield. The Ghanian is more of a defensive midfielder and he needs someone mobile to play alongside him, which currently Granit Xhaka can’t offer. Berge’s close control and ability to drive with the ball and join the attack makes him a perfect midfield partner for Partey.
Whereas, for Everton they have two very similar players to Berge in Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Davies. Though both the players are not as good as Berge aerially, they operate in a similar position as the Norwegian. The Toffees should go for a more defensive-minded player to replace Allan, who has been injured for large parts of the season.
The Gunners may also have one advantage over Everton as their assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg worked with Berge during their time in Genk.