Arsenal now know how much they will have to pay to land Sheffield United star Sander Berge this summer.
Berge has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium ahead of this summer after Sheffield United’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed.
The Blades splashed out around £22million to acquire the Norwegian midfielder in 2020, making him their record signing, but he is now being linked with a move away, with AC Milan also tipped to make a move.
The Gunners are reportedly interested in signing Berge as a midfield partner to Thomas Partey, who cost them around £45million from Atletico Madrid last summer.
But signing Berge this summer will not come cheap with Sheffield United looking set to make a healthy profit should he leave.
According to YorkshireLive, Berge has a release clause in his Blades contract worth £35m, meaning that if any club meets that figure, Sheffield United won’t be able to stand in the player’s way.
With the Yorkshire club heading for the Championship, they may have been tempted to accept a slightly reduced fee to shift Berge off the wage bill and bring in a healthy fee ahead of next season.
But with a queue already forming amid interest from two big clubs in AC Milan and Arsenal, it seems unlikely United will allow their star midfielder to leave for any less than his clause.
Berge has made 16 appearances for the Blades across all competitions this season, struggling with injury for the most part and missing 20 Premier League outings due to surgery on his hamstring.
The Norwegian returned in early May and has made two Premier League appearances since, though his return was too late to help his club dodge the drop.
Source by Football London