Sander Berge has been a regular figure in Sheffield United’s starting XI since swapping Genk for the Blades at the start of this year.
Prior to agreeing a deal to join the Premier League side, the midfielder was attracting interest from other clubs, including Arsenal.
That’s according to VG in Norway, who explain Arsenal were ‘very interested’ before the 22-year-old ended up at Bramall Lane in January.
It’s claimed the interest hasn’t gone away as the Norway international has continued to shine for Chris Wilder’s side, perhaps grabbing the attention of Mikel Arteta as well as Gunners recruiters.
A move from the Jupiler Pro League to the Premier League was a massive step for the player, who has admitted it was “tough” at the beginning due to the demands of the league.
There were a few eyebrows raised at the amount Sheffield United paid for Berge, but that has long been forgotten, according to Wilder.
“We understand that. The £20m we paid for Sander is not a big deal for a player like him. It felt great for us, because we have not been in that market for 25 years, but now it is nothing,” Wilder told VG.
“Sander was a fantastic signing for us. We want him to grow with us, but we understand that the big clubs are interested when he performs so well. That means we, and Sander, are doing something right.
“People judged Sander when we signed him. They expected everything to happen immediately. There were some harsh opinions about him. People thought he would not be a success in the Premier League, but he has turned it upside down. Sander has been our best player this season.
“I just have to say it: Sander has been unique. He is the one who has stood out for us. He is a complete midfielder. He can play as an 8 and as 6. He can play in different formations.
“The wonderful thing about Sander is his attitude. He could say that he wants to play one place and no other, but he sees no disadvantage in being versatile. Complete midfielders are like that. Look at Jordan Henderson. Sander should gain enormous confidence that he can play so well in various positions in the Premier League.”