Arsenal suffers a setback in their pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale as Sheffield United file a transfer request.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a goalkeeper to challenge Bernd Leno next season, and Aaron Ramsdale could be the guy for the job.
Arsenal has been told to increase their offer to over £32 million for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Two bids for the 23-year-old have reportedly been rejected by the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is seeking for a replacement goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who struggled at times last season as the north London club finished seventh.
Last season, the German preserved 11 clean sheets in 35 Premier League games.
Mat Ryan has left the club to join Real Sociedad, and they are trying to replace him with someone who can challenge Leno for the No. 1 spot.
While Ramsdale is their prime goal, according to The Times, the Gunners will have to pay more than £32 million for the England international.
Due to an injury to Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, Ramsdale was called up late to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Following their relegation from the Championship last season, Sheffield United are said to view Ramsdale as one of their few players capable of commanding a high transfer fee this summer.
He only joined the club last summer, signing a four-year contract after moving from relegated Bournemouth for £18.5 million.
That means he’s been relegated twice in a row, conceding 125 goals and kept only ten clean sheets in the process.
According to Ryan Taylor of Express Sport, Ramsdale’s former club, Bournemouth, will earn a part of any sum Sheffield United receives for the goalkeeper.
“Express Sport can confirm that [Bournemouth] successfully negotiated a sell-on clause in the agreement, meaning they will receive a tiny cut (15%) of whatever price Arsenal is ready to pay,” he wrote in his ‘Taylor’s Tuesday Transfers’ column.
Arsenal were said to be considering West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as a replacement for Ramsdale.
Johnstone, who was also relegated with West Brom last season, was a significant performer for the Baggies.
However, it appears that the north Londoners have now fully focused their sights on Ramsdale.
Arteta has been eager to have his work done as soon as possible this summer.
Nuno Tavares of Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga of Anderlecht have both already joined the club.
Arsenal has also finalised a £50 million deal to sign Brighton centre-back Ben White, who is expected to undergo a.