Aston Villa are considering a summer transfer for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, although they are set to face significant transfer competition for him.
What is the story?
Reports from Eurosport in recent weeks suggest Villa are one of the clubs closely monitoring Berge’s situation with the Blades, with Paul Heckingbottom’s side having confirmed their relegation from the Premier League in recent weeks.
Should Villa sign Sander Berge?
Athletic have now claimed that, along with Dean Smith’s side, Arsenal and Tottenham are also “watching things closely”, although it is suggested that the Blades “would genuinely like to keep their record signing”.
A general midfielder for Dean Smith
With the relegation of the Blades, Villa is in a real strong position when it comes to signing Berge, with the Yorkshire club now more likely to take advantage of a player with real quality and potential in the Premier League – what their former boss Chris Wilder was. quick to hail.
He said: “Sander was unique. He was the one who stood out for us. He’s a complete midfielder. He can play in 8 and in 6. He can play in different formations. What’s wonderful about Sander is his attitude.
“Full midfielders are like that. Watch Jordan Henderson (FWA Footballer of the Year last season). Sander is expected to gain tremendous confidence in his ability to perform so well in various positions in the Premier League.
Albert Stuivenberg, Mikel Arteta’s assistant at Arsenal, said of the £ 35million ace: “He’s already very mature. He is intelligent, reads the game well and takes the initiative. He has the potential to become a future leader.
While it’s unclear what price the Blades will charge, their relegation should mean they won’t be able to order the kind of fees they might have expected had they been left standing.
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