Arsenal insider Charles Watts has provided an update when it comes to the club’s pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale.
Goalkeeper has been a position that the club have taken a keen interest in upgrading this summer, with attention having previously been focused on Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana, however, it now appears as if he is on his way to Serie A side Inter.
Another option that the Gunners have reportedly looked at is Ramsdale at Sheffield United, who only moved to the club last summer, with reports suggesting that they would need to fork out £30m to secure his services.
Speaking about the matter during a Q&A on his channel, Watts confirmed that the club were interested, but didn’t seem too happy with the idea of the club paying that much for him:
“There is absolutely interest in Aaron Ramsdale. I know a lot of you don’t want to hear that, and that it wouldn’t be that popular a signing, especially at the money being quoted.
“But the interest is there in Aaron Ramsdale, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see that move forward at some point in the next few weeks as we get towards the end of the window, possibly Arsenal will see if Sheffield United’s stance will soften a little bit in terms of their money, but he is a player that they like and they’re interested in him.”
TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Aaron Ramsdale…
Do you think £30 million is a fair price for Ramsdale?
It does seem an awful lot to spend on a goalkeeper, especially one that has been relegated two seasons in a row, firstly with Bournemouth and then Sheffield United – and even more so when you consider stopping balls going in wasn’t exactly Arsenal’s problem last year as they conceded the third-fewest goals in the league.
Perhaps this was all done so that they have someone locked in for if Bernd Leno eventually moves on following his comments about being open to new adventures, but it still seems an excessive amount to pay.
All it means is that if the deal does get signed, there’s going to be an awful lot of pressure for Ramsdale to live up to the price tag.