Arsenal and Everton were both considering a bid for highly-rated Norweigan defensive midfielder Sander Berge who plays for Genk but have been told that he is not for sale. 

According to the Mirror, the Premier League pair are part of a larger group of clubs who are interested in the teenager - Sevilla and Monaco are also said to be keen.

Gunners scouts have been watching the 19-year-old for months and have built a rapport with his camp, however, as reported by the Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur via his Twitter account, Genk have said that he is 'not for sale'.

Berge has already notched up three caps for his country Norway at senior level. The midfielder joined Genk in January, arriving from Norwegian outfit Valerenga.

Despite not being able to register a goal for Genk, he has impressed in the 14 games that he has played for them. He was particularly impressive in the Europa League campaign with Genk getting to the quarter-finals where they were eventually knocked out by Celta Vigo. 


The youngster would have offered cover in midfield, offering an upgrade on Francis Coquelin and Mohammed Elneny. His robust nature would have also helped to free up Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka but Arsenal it looks like Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for this type of player.

Despite the large £18m fee that is being touted around for the midfielder it is unlikely that Berge is going to join Arsenal or Everton this summer with the firm stance that Genk are taking.