Sport Arsenal battling for signature of £18m rated Norwegian star

18:10  19 june  2017
18:10  19 june  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Arsenal battling for signature of £18m rated Norwegian star

  Arsenal battling for signature of £18m rated Norwegian star Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton are battling it out for the signature of Genk’s 19-year-old defensive midfielder Sander Berge, according to a report on the Mirror. The Belgian club rate the midfielder very highly and have valued the youngster at £18m. Arsenal have been monitoring Berge’s progress for several months and manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly been impressed with the player. The cost to sign the player will not be an issue for Arsenal but it may ward off interest from Everton who may not be willing to pay such a high price for the player. The defensive midfielder could prove to be the long-term replacement for Francis Coquelin who had a disappointing season last year, as did the club by failing to secure a UEFA Champions League spot. Arsenal did win the FA Cup and will be hoping to challenge for the league next season. The young midfielder may be worried about the game time that he will get at Arsenal as there is competition for the defensive midfield spot. There has also been European interest in Berge as Spanish La Liga club Sevilla and French Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco are keeping tabs on the player’s situation. The teenager would likely enter Arsenal’s U23 setup with a view to a role in the first-team down the line.

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Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton are battling it out for the signature of Genk’s 19-year-old defensive midfielder Sander Berge, according to a report on the Mirror.

The Belgian club rate the midfielder very highly and have valued the youngster at £18m. Arsenal have been monitoring Berge’s progress for several months and manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly been impressed with the player.

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The cost to sign the player will not be an issue for Arsenal but it may ward off interest from Everton who may not be willing to pay such a high price for the player.

Everton to contest Arsenal for Norwegian midfielder

  Everton to contest Arsenal for Norwegian midfielder Everton and Arsenal are both reported to be pursuing Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge, according to the Mirror. Berge, a 19-year old defensive midfielder, plays for Genk in the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium, having joined from Vålerenga in his native Norway in January. The Mirror reported last summer that Everton had a £2million late offer for the then Vålerenga player turned down, and would now be expected to pay £18million to bring him to England. However, Arsenal look to be favourites to bring in the 6ft 3in powerhouse, with Arsene Wenger looking to strengthen his midfield after a disappointing season. With the signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Davy Klaassen in the past six months, Everton are not short of central midfielders, with five other senior players who can occupy that position currently at the club. Should Everton move for Berge, it is expected than James McCarthy and/or Muhamed Bešic could be set to leave Goodison Park, however it seems that Arsenal are the stronger favourites and will surely be more desperate to improve their midfield stock than the Toffees. Sevilla and Monaco, both of whom tried to secure the player’s signature last season, could also come back in for him.

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The defensive midfielder could prove to be the long-term replacement for Francis Coquelin who had a disappointing season last year, as did the club by failing to secure a UEFA Champions League spot.

Arsenal did win the FA Cup and will be hoping to challenge for the league next season. The young midfielder may be worried about the game time that he will get at Arsenal as there is competition for the defensive midfield spot.

There has also been European interest in Berge as Spanish La Liga club Sevilla and French Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco are keeping tabs on the player’s situation. The teenager would likely enter Arsenal’s U23 setup with a view to a role in the first-team down the line.

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Chelsea target Chamberlain to leave Arsenal .
Antonio Conte wants to add a couple of wide players to his squad this summer and Chelsea are believed to be keen on signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, and now they could be one step closer to securing his signature. As reported by the Daily Mail, Arsenal are ready to sell the England international this summer as they look to significantly reduce the club’s wage bill after the Premier League introduced new cost control measures which kick in at the start of next season. With his contract up at the end of next season, Oxlade-Chamberlain had been in talks with Arsenal over extending his deal at the Emirates but they appear to have stalled. The former Southampton youngster impressed for Arsenal in a right wing-back during the second half of the season which would appeal to Chelsea who employ a similar formation. While it’s reported that Liverpool are likely to sign the winger in a £25m deal, now that Arsenal are ready to part ways with the versatile midfielder, Chelsea could firm up their interest and submit a bid of their own for him.

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