Fee revealed as Arsenal ‘close in on’ homegrown signing

Date published: Wednesday 11th August 2021 2:54 - Joe Williams

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale looks set to sign for Arsenal this summer as the Gunners edge closer to a deal, according to reports.

The Blades keeper won Player of the Year last season despite the south Yorkshire club’s relegation to the Championship.

That is the second time Ramsdale has been relegated from the Premier League, having suffered the same fate at Bournemouth the previous season before United splashed out £18.5m on him.

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His form towards the end of last campaign saw him called up to the England squad for Euro 2020 when Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson dropped out through injury.

And Arsenal have been heavily linked with Ramsdale this summer as they look provide Bernd Leno with sufficient competition in net.

The Gunners have also been linked with Andre Onana and Sam Johnstone but it now seems they have settled on a big deal for the Sheffield United stopper.

Football.London claims that Arsenal ‘closing in on’ their goalkeeper signing and ‘are in advanced talks to sign’ Ramsdale from Sheff Utd.

It is understood that the north London club ‘switched their attentions to a homegrown alternative’ after failing to Ajax’s Onana.

The Blades are understood to want £30m for Ramsdale and it is ‘expected that the Gunners will pay an upfront fee in the region of £24m’ with add-ons potentially taking the deal to £30m.

Despite Ramsdale’s omission from the Sheffield United side which beat Carlisle United 1-0 in the Carabao Cup first round on Tuesday night, Slavisa Jokanovic insisted that he was left out to give others a chance, not because he was leaving the club.

“There is nothing in his absence, no, nothing,” Jokanovic said. “I just needed to give some players a chance and others a rest.

“But I need to see what other people can do in case something happens. What other options we have and what other choices are here.”

Meanwhile, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is backing Mikel Arteta to have a good season at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere said: “You’re always under pressure as a manager. A couple of bad results and people start asking questions. I think Mikel has done a good job, you can start to see they’ve got an identity. They’re hard-working and training is intense.

“He’s trying to get every inch out of every player he can and I think you’re starting to see that. With more time on the training pitch this year, I think they’ll be better.”


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