Arsenal ‘plan DOUBLE dive for Sheffield United duo Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge’ as Mikel Arteta continues summer spending to overhaul Gunners squad
- Arsenal considering double signing Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge
- Mikel Arteta looks at big offer for both Sheffield United players
- Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic said he has no intention of selling either player
Arsenal are considering a double strike at Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Sander Berge.
Mikel Arteta has been chasing Ramsdale for a while, but his interest in Berge has resurfaced after unofficial talks seemed to cool off earlier this year The star.
The Gunners are thought to be wary of the Blades’ £40m demand for Ramsdale, on the assumption that a £30m bid is more appropriate, but United are not moving.
Arsenal consider double bids for Aaron Ramsdale (left) and Sander Berge (right)
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta may offer a large sum that Sheffield United would have a hard time turning down
As a compromise, however, Arsenal would be willing to make substantial offers for both Ramsdale and Berge, which the Blades, as a Championship club, would find it hard to refuse.
For his part, United manager Slavisa Jokanovic has made it clear that he has no intention of selling either player.
Speaking after the Blades’ 4-0 pre-season friendly win over Doncaster, he said: ‘If you ask me if I’ll sell, no. I am happy with their professionalism.
Sheffield United reportedly refuses to consider just under £40m for Ramsdale
“I will be hurt if they leave my team. I understand this possibility exists, but I hope it won’t happen.’
Jokanovic added that both players are “lucky” in the preparation for the season, suggesting neither is hesitating to leave.
Arteta has made recruiting a new goalkeeper a top priority and was dealt a blow when Ajax stopper Andre Onana moved to Lyon for just £6.8million for north London.
Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic said both players are ‘happy’ and he doesn’t want to sell them
The Gunners boss has already made three major purchases this summer, the most significant deal being the arrival of defender Ben White from Brighton for £50million.
Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares have also joined, but Arteta is keen to get more players ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.