How Sheffield United pair Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge have reacted to Arsenal transfer links

Sheffield United’s John Egan has praised the professionalism and attitude of duo Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge amid Arsenal links with the pair.

Ramsdale and Berge were the best of the bad bunch in a Sheffield United side that never seemed to get going last season, and as a result, got relegated convincingly to the Championship.

The former has been more strongly linked to making the move to north London this summer, with Edu and co. seeking a new homegrown shot-stopper to provide competition for Bernd Leno.

Icelandic international Alex Runarsson is likely to leave on a loan deal, whilst reports came out earlier this summer that Arsenal’s current number one Leno is seeking a new challenge elsewhere.

As a result, Mikel Arteta may be forced into the transfer market for a new goalkeeper and the ex-Bournemouth keeper is reportedly the number one for the club.

So far, the north Londoners have reportedly had three bids rejected for the 23-year-old.

The Star have claimed United will only consider offers of around £40million, which represents a new asking price, as just a few weeks ago, The Times reported that it would take at least £32m for the Gunners to have a real chance at prising away the Englishman this summer.

In spite of the criticism of a potential Ramsdale transfer to the Emirates Stadium this summer, teammate Egan has come to the defence of the 23-year-old, stating that he and Norway international Berge – who was also heavily linked with a move at the start of the window – have been nothing but professional amid the links.

“It’s important,” Egan said ahead of United’s opening Championship game on the weekend against Birmingham City.

“There has been speculation with a few of the lads in the summer but their attitude has been very professional and it’s been very enthusiastic to see that, too.

Sheffield United's Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge shoots to score the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sheffield United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 24, 2020. (Photo by Stu Forster / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by STU FORSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sheffield United’s Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge

“Sometimes players can get linked with places and they might look a bit moody, but everyone here, including those two players, their attitude has been fantastic and their application and dedication in training, especially when we have a lot of younger lads with us, for them to see that they are a credit to themselves.

“Whenever they are chosen to play I am sure they will put in good performances.”

Between the pair, they made a combined total of 58 appearances in all competitions for the Blades last season, demonstrating their importance to the club’s chances of bouncing back from the Championship straight away.

Berge’s multiple injuries last season hampered the potential and development that could have been on show most weeks for United in the Premier League.

The midfielder has been linked with the Gunners in the past but is currently further down on Edu’s wishlist to fill that specific position with James Maddison and Martin Odegaard higher in the pecking order.

A deal to bring the former Coventry ace to the club is progressing at a slow rate, understands.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have slapped a whopping £42million asking price onto former loanee Odegaard, casting doubt on the legitimacy of a potential deal this summer for Berge’s international teammate.

And with additional target Matheus Periera closing in on a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, the Berge option may re-enter the picture if moves for either Maddison or Odegaard fail to materialise.

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