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Arsenal's Ben White deal shows their hand when it comes to Aaron Ramsdale

There’s a lot to be said about Arsenal and their reported pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale this summer, and that’s from both sides of the argument.

One on hand, you have Sheffield United. Seemingly dogged in their approach this summer, the Blades have so far held firm and rejected a number of bids for Ramsdale.

From the Arsenal side, you have a Premier League club splashing the cash but also looking for long-term investments. Their fans don’t seem sold on Ramsdale signing, but Mikel Arteta is apparently very high on the Blades stopper.

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In between that, you have to stand back and simply take it all in from a United fans’ perspective. Here we sit, holding out for close to £40m for a player we paid £18m for, who for four to five months, looked nervous beyond belief.

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But this isn’t a saga that’s about to end yet. Reports suggest a fourth bid for Ramsdale could be coming from Arsenal.

And with United holding firm still, it seems that Arsenal may have shown their hand in how they want to go about paying for Ramsdale.

Structured deal

While it’s not unusual for clubs to pay for transfers in instalments, it’s very rare you get to see the details of those deals.

But this week, Arsenal completed a big-money move for Ben White and the details were laid bare.

As is widely known, White will cost Arsenal upwards of £50m. But reports have shown that £30m of that is to be paid this year, while a further two payments of £10m will be made down the line. Performance related bonuses are also in the deal.

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With that, Arsenal have probably shown us all what sort of deal they’re proposing when it comes to Aaron Ramsdale. So far, they’re short of the valuation we hold for the stopper.

But whether that’s because of up front monies, or something else, remains to be seen. Of course, this window still has time to run. Arsenal could very much get their hands on Ramsdale, with United accepting a bid we might never know the inner workings of.

However, the insight into the White deal is interesting. And it’s certainly something United fans will be keen to know if and when a deal for Ramsdale is done.

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