Arsenal are placing a huge £ 30 million bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who has already seen two offers rejected by the Championship club.
The 23-year-old was reunited with the Blades in the summer of 2020 in a £ 18.5m move from Bournemouth, and he ended the campaign as their player and young player of the season, despite dropping 63 goals en route to a disappointing relegation.
United’s number 1?
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It was Ramsdale’s second successive relegation from the top flight, but that has not stopped other Premier League clothes from circulating. According to talkSPORT, Arsenal have already received two rejections of the shot-stopper and are preparing a new £ 30 million offer to secure their services.
The Gunners are keen to strengthen in the goalkeeping department, with Bernd Leno currently the only senior shooting stopper. Runar Alex Runarsson and Arthur Okonkwo both play backup to German, but Runarsson suffered a disastrous Carabao Cup debut in December 2020, and Okonkwo has endured his only matches in the pre-season.
The teenager Karl Jakob Hein has also gone in for some friendly matches this summer, but coach Mikel Arteta is desperate to welcome a proven top quality on board. Arsenal have since turned their attention to Ramsdale, who despite suffering back-to-back declines, are still highly ranked.
The former Bournemouth man was part of England’s 26 squad for the European Championship 2020, after receiving the call due to an injury to Manchester United star Dean Henderson. His stardom and potential big money move will be a huge boost for Cherries, who introduced a significant sales percentage clause in the deal when he left Sheffield United last summer.
Ramsdale would certainly be brought in to challenge Leno for number one, given the hefty price tag that Arsenal are willing to pay, or he could even be the German replacement if he leaves the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
Arsenal are trying to revolutionize the squad under Arteta and want to bring in young and promising players to spread some life on the side.