Arsenal appear to be keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale this summer and Pete O’Rourke delivered an interesting update on The Football Terrace’s The Done Deal Show.
It has been reported that Arsenal want to sign Ramsdale this summer as they look for a long-term successor to Bernd Leno, but the England ‘keeper is already back in training with the Blades ahead of the Championship season, which begins this weekend.
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However, despite the Gunners reportedly willing to offer £30 million for Ramsdale, they are not reportedly willing to meet the Blades’ new valuation of their No 1, which stands at £40 million, despite Ramsdale having three relegations on his CV.
O’Rourke spoke about the valuation of Ramsdale and Arsenal’s interest in him, suggesting that despite the reported price tag, there is still willingness from the Gunners to push a deal through.
“Crazily enough, I’ve heard recently that Sheffield United are holding out for £40 million for Ramsdale, which seems quite high in the current market.
“Considering he’s a goalkeeper, who obviously is a good goalkeeper, but he’s had two relegations on his CV in the last two seasons, at Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
“Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach is still pushing for this deal, he says Ramsdale is the number-one choice if they are to bring in a goalkeeper.”
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It appears to be an interesting choice of position to target this summer, especially for £40 million, as the Gunners had the third-best defence in the Premier League last season, conceding just 39 goals.
Ramsdale earned his first call-up to the senior England squad following Dean Henderson’s injury, although that perhaps made him unlikely to challenge Sam Johnstone or Jordan Pickford, and considering he’s conceded 125 goals in the past two league campaigns, it appears to be an unusual choice of goalkeeper to try and sign.