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Arsenal hand new contract to Okonkwo but is Aaron Ramsdale pursuit over?

Arsenal have handed a new contract to young goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo, which could have an impact on their pursuit of Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners confirmed the deal for Okonkwo yesterday. The exciting young talent has been handed fresh terms. But crucially, he’s also been promoted to the Arsenal first-team for the coming season.

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Meanwhile, the Gunners are said to be keen on United’s Ramsdale. The Blades have apparently told Arsenal they want around £35m for the England stopper.

Ramsdale remains happy at The Lane. Sources indicate he has no desire to push for an exit, while Slavisa Jokanovic will also make a push with the ‘keeper to stay with United.

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Will Arsenal still pursue Ramsdale with Okonkwo tied down?

It remains to be seen what the Gunners will do. However, they are still expected to pursue a new goalkeeper. This, despite Okonkwo’s deal.

That’s because Mikel Arteta is unsure on Alex Runnarsson. Reports suggest that the the Gunners boss will look to sell the Icelandic stopper. Naturally, that leaves the number two spot open at The Emirates.

Of course, Ramsdale is unlikely to want to play second-fiddle to Bernd Leno, which strengthens United’s position further. Secondly, Arsenal are also said to be keen on Sam Johnstone. He’s reportedly available for £20m, which is a lot less than ‘Rambo’ would cost them.

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They’ve also been linked with Andre Onana of Ajax, who is available for even less than Johnstone.

All in all, it’s weighing heavily in United’s favour when it comes to Arsenal and Ramsdale. In reality, we all know a big bid can change that.

But with clubs managing their finances post-covid, and United in no rush to sell their best players, it looks like Ramsdale will be staying put.

For now.

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