Berge keen on Arsenal move, Odegaard message sent, Arsenal open Bertrand talks and Buendia chance given in Arsenal roundup…
Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is very keen on signing with Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
The season is pretty much over for Mikel Arteta’s men and they are now just playing to get as high up that Premier League as possible, maybe even sneak a European place in the process.
But that has not stopped speculation about players that could potentially make the move to the Emirates in the summer, and Berge has been a player that has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time.
A number of top European clubs are also known to be keen on the Norway international, who returned to competitive action on Sunday after more than four months out with a hamstring injury
And According to Football.London, the 23-year-old is keen on a move to the Emirates, but any potential transfer could be tied to the future of his fellow Norway international Martin Odegaard.
Football.London say a source close to Berge has told them that there is a ‘high possibility’ the midfielder could join the Gunners this summer, but it ‘depends on Martin [Odegaard]’s decision’, with the pair close friends
Look, there are too many occasions that Arsenal miss out on players that could make a real impact on the side simply because they like to be tight with their money, but Berge is a player that would add to the squad.
There is alot of interest in the player, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up, but if the Gunners could get a deal done for the player, he could be a very smart move.
Arsenal still have a chance of signing Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis says Nigel Winterburn.
Odegaard was a player that many clubs wanted to sign during the January transfer window, but Arsenal swooped in at the very last minute and made sure that they were the club that managed to secure a deal.
Mikel Arteta was the man to take the Norwegian playmaker to Emirates Stadium during the winter transfer window, but questions are being asked of his future in another inconsistent campaign, with many people believing that he will get the sack by the end of the season.
Quizzed on whether Arsenal are running the risk of missing out on Odegaard, former Gunners defender Winteburn told Goal: “It will come down to what Real Madrid will want to do and whether he wants to stay there because he might not get the game time he wants.
“Arsenal would be in prime position; he’s been here he knows what the club is like.
“He probably wants assurances that Arteta is going to be in charge because he wouldn’t want to sign for a different manager.
“He’s usually in the team and he’s shown enough. He’s a link up player, he’s very neat and tidy on the ball and we need creative players in around that area. I would think there will be other clubs looking at him as well, if he becomes available.”
Madrid are not looking to let Odegaard leave on the cheap in the summer, so if Arsenal want to secure a transfer deal, they will have to pay close to £45 million to get that done.
But if Odegaard wanted to stay, he would have hinted at it by now, and he hasnt. So a move back to Spain will surely happen
The prospect of selling the likes of Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia “doesn’t scare” Norwich ahead of their return to the Premier League, says the club’s sporting director Stuart Webber.
Arsenal have not had a very good season and are on the verge of finishing the season without European football and a trophy, which has not happened for more that 20-years.
That means that Mikel Arteta will be hoping to add some fresh faces to his squad in the transfer window and improve on the areas which have been a struggle, and Buendia is a player that has been on the radar of the Gunners after a very good season.
And amid all the speculation, Webber told BBC Sport: “It might be the end of the journey for some of them, it might be a club comes in that is off the scale.
“One of them may go, maybe two or all three of them will go, who knows – but the facts are that this team isn’t about one or two players.
“For us to be successful in the Premier League it’s going to be how does the squad of 20 do, not if one player performs brilliantly.
“When we sold James Maddison [to Leicester] everyone thought it was the end of the world and then a guy called Emi Buendia turned up – when Ben Godfrey left [for Everton] it was the end of the world and a guy called Ben Gibson turned up, and that’s football.”
Buendia is certainly a player that is ready for that step up to the Premier League, but maybe a move to Arsenal is a step too far, right now?
He needs to test himself in the top-flight first as a regular before making a move to a massive club like the Gunners, where he will be on the bench more often than he would like.
But for the right money, he could be a very goo option for the Gunners.
Reports have claimed that Arsenal have stepped up talks to bring Ryan Bertrand to the Emirates at the end of the season.
It is no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a new left-back during the summer transfer window as they need to add a viable option to the squad to help cover the brilliant Keran Tierney.
Cedric Soares has been used there on a number of occasions this season by Mikel Arteta before the Spanish boss opted to give Granit Xhaka a go at playing in that position, which never really worked out.
The 31-year-old confirmed his decision to leave Southampton in a lengthy statement on his social media pages on Wednesday, and according to reports on the Daily Mail, Arsenal have now ‘intensified’ their negotiations to secure a deal for Bertrand ahead of the summer window.
The defender wrote on his social media accounts earlier in the week: “After many months of hard decision making, I have decided to leave Southampton Football Club.
“This has only been decided in the last 48 hours and comments that I had not accepted an offer previously are not true.
“I want to thank all the fans for welcoming me to this football club and supporting me endlessly. All the support staff behind the scenes, I thank you.
“Also, special thanks to the Liebherr family. It is a shame I cannot experience a full crowd at St Mary’s one more time.
“As this year has shown us, football is nothing without the fans. Arriving at Southampton seven years ago, I soon realised what a family-orientated club this is. A true peoples’ club!
“I bought into the ‘Southampton Way’. A connected football club, built on solid foundations and ambition, with an attractive, attacking style of football.
“During my time here, there have been many battles and there have been many amazing moments along the way too. From finishing in the club’s highest position within the Premier League, to playing in two FA Cup semi-finals, to a Carabao Cup final, to me being voted to the Premier League Team of the Season.
“This has been a difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to seek a new home that allows me the freedom to play and maximise my contribution to the team.
“This club is in great hands now with CEO Martin Semmens and Matt Crocker. I would like to thank them both for their efforts.
“Southampton Football Club will always have a special place in my heart and I hope the saying, ‘once a saint, always a saint’ still stands because I look forward to returning to this club one day, either behind the scenes or as a fan. Thanks again, keep marching on!”
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