Arsenal consider activating Sheffield United star’s reduced £35m release clause

Mikel Arteta is still hoping to oversee Arsenal's transfer business this summer
Mikel Arteta is still hoping to oversee Arsenal’s transfer business this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal and Everton are among a group of clubs considering whether or not to activate Sander Berge’s release clause this summer.

The Gunners are staring down the barrel of a first season without European football since 1995/96 after last night’s tame Europa League exit against Villarreal, but are still hoping to invest heavily in new players this summer.

After thousands of supporters protested against the club’s ownership following their bungled attempts to join a breakaway Super League last month, Josh Kroenke insisted he and his father Stan, the majority shareholder, remained totally committed to the north London club.

Arsenal, too, are said to retain faith in Arteta despite him presiding over a woeful campaign that culminated in Thursday night’s stalemate which saw Unai Emery make a triumphant return to the Emirates Stadium.

With Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira heading for the exit door and Dani Ceballos returning to Real Madrid following a disappointing loan spell, Arteta will be desperate to strengthen his midfield and find an ideal partner for Thomas Partey.

Sander Berge is likely to leave Sheffield United this summer
Sander Berge is likely to leave Sheffield United this summer (Picture: Getty)

Berge has impressed for the Blades since his move fro Genk 18 months ago and is known to Arteta’s assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, who worked with the player at the Belgian club.

Speaking recently about Berge’s qualities, Stuivenberg said: ‘He is already very mature.

‘He is intelligent, reads the game well, and takes the initiative. He has the potential to become a future leader.’

According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal will now consider making a bid for a player whose release clause has been lowered to £35million from £45m following confirmation of the Yorkshire club’s relegation.

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