Sheffield United are yet to submit a second bid for Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, reports the Bournemouth Echo.
The Blades had a £12m offer for Ramsdale rejected as it fell well below his club’s valuation. According to the Daily Mail, they are holding out for closer to £25m.
It was expected that United would return with an improved bid of £15m, but so far that has not been forthcoming.
This is despite the fact they had a sell-on clause inserted into the deal when they originally sold Ramsdale to Bournemouth in 2017. The Blades were a League One side at the time and the England Under-21 international made an £800,000 switch to Dorset.
It means they are due a percentage of any transfer fee the Cherries receive from Ramsdale. If the money comes from them, it effectively means they pay themselves and can land the 22-year-old for cheaper.
Will Aaron Ramsdale leave?
Bournemouth are currently preparing for life in the Championship for the first time since 2015, after being relegated from the Premier League.
It means several of their better players are likely to leave. Defender Nathan Ake has already completed a £40m (BBC Sport) switch to Manchester City.
Now new manager Jason Tindall – who was appointed as Eddie Howe’s successor on Saturday – has spoken publicly about the future of Ramsdale.
“We didn’t think it (£12m offer) met our valuation of Aaron,” Tindall said.
“I think you want to try and keep as many of your best players as possible and Aaron would be no different.
“Nathan Ake has just gone to Man City and would I have liked to keep Nathan Ake? For sure. But when a club Man City come calling for you, players like that go with your blessing.
“I know Aaron is a Sheffield boy, he’s from that way and Sheffield United are in the Premier League.”
Why do they need Aaron Ramsdale?
United are looking for a new stopper with Dean Henderson having returned to parent side Manchester United after two successful seasons on loan at Bramall Lane.
They are hopeful of signing Henderson for a third spell, but are growing impatient with Man United. It is still undecided what the 23-year-old’s immediate future is at Old Trafford.
Henderson is certainly viewed as being their number one at some point. Especially as David de Gea has come under serious scrutiny after a series of mistakes in recent times.
Yet De Gea earns is the Red Devils’ top earner on £375,000-a-week and they know offloading him would be difficult. Meanwhile, Henderson isn’t prepared to be backup to De Gea.
Chances are therefore he’ll be sent out on loan again. But the Blades won’t wait around forever and clearly view Ramsdale as a good alternative.