Sheffield United may be set for a nervy few weeks ahead, as they look to keep hold of their key players heading into the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.
The Blades were relegated into the Championship after a hugely disappointing season under the management of Chris Wilder last term.
Wilder has since departed the club, with former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic now in charge of the Blades for the upcoming Championship campaign.
Jokanovic could turn out to be a smart appointment in the future for Sheffield United, with the 52-year-old winning promotion with the Cottagers earlier in his managerial career.
But to get another promotion on his CV, the newly-appointed Sheffield United boss will be hoping the key members in his squad can remain at Bramall Lane.
Sander Berge is one of those, but it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll remain a Blades player by the time they get their new league campaign underway on Saturday 7th August against Birmingham City, in what could potentially be a tough test for Jokanovic’s side.
The Norwegian midfielder has been with Sheffield United since 2020 and has evidently caught the eye with some strong performances, with the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Napoli just some of the clubs rumoured to be interested in a deal to sign the 23-year-old.
Berge made 16 appearances in all competitions for the Blades last term, although his efforts weren’t quite enough as they were relegated into the Championship last term.
Football.london have since revealed that Berge would be open to the possibility of a move to Arsenal this summer if they were to push ahead with their reported interest in landing his signature this summer.
Berge has established himself as a firm fans favourite at Bramall Lane, and the club’s supporters will be reluctant to see him leave the club before the transfer window slams shut in the coming months.
Sheffield United have already revealed that they’re keen to keep their key players at the club for the foreseeable future, which will have been pleasing to see for the club’s fans.
The likes of Aaron Ramsdale have also been linked with moves elsewhere, but the Blades’ valuation of the shot-stopper is likely to price the likes of Arsenal out of a move for the 23-year-old.
But with Berge reportedly being open to a move to Arsenal whilst still contracted to Sheffield United, it could mean that Jokanovic’s side are fighting a losing battle to keep Berge at Bramall Lane.
The club won’t be wanting to keep an unhappy player at the club, and so that could see them cash-in on him for a cheaper price than what they’d originally hoped for.
If this report from football.london does turn out to be true, it’s far from ideal preparation ahead of the 2021/22 league campaign for Sheffield United.
Jokanovic will be wanting to have a group of players that are committed and all heading in the same direction, with promotion back into the Premier League being the main aim for the Blades.
The next few weeks are likely to tell us a considerable amount about where Berge’s future lies amid links to Arsenal.