Arsenal continue to hold a determination when it comes to signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United this summer.
The England man is the top target for the Gunners, as they look to get a long-term option to challenge and eventually take over from Bernd Leno.
So far, United have held firm in their stance when it comes to Ramsdale and Arsenal’s advances. It’s believed the Blades want around £35-40m for Ramsdale, whose stock is higher than ever after his inclusion in the Euros.
Forcing the issue
While reports locally have suggested Ramsdale isn’t pushing to leave, journalist Pete O’Rourke has told the Football Terrace podcast that he believes the United stopper could force the issue if the Blades reject a third bid.
“Sheffield United are making it difficult right now. I believe a third bid is coming soon, possibly around the £30m mark. Obviously Ramsdale is very keen to make this move, he wants to get back to the Premier League,” O’Rourke said.
“Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach wants Ramsdale as his number one choice if they are to bring in a goalkeeper. They want everyone in before the window is closed. I fully expect them to get the deal done, even though United are trying to get as much money as possible for the ‘keeper.
“I think if this next bid gets rejected, I’d expect Ramsdale to force the issue and possibly hand in a transfer request.”
The situation with Ramsdale is one that’s hard to read. On one hand we’re being told that he’s no interest in forcing a move, and is quite happy in Sheffield.
But then nationally, reports and comments like this suggest ‘Rambo’ does want out. It’s all quite hard to make sense of, and hard to gauge just what the stopper feels.
Ultimately, only he and the club will know. John Egan has already spoken today about how professional both Ramsdale and Sander Berge have remained. And that’s not surprising.
At the end of the day, Arsenal need to pay up. Only then, will United sell.