There doesn’t seem to be a week go by at the moment without Sheffield United and Arsenal being written about in the same stories.
The Gunners are sniffing around Shirecliffe it seems. In fact, it almost seems like they’ve gone all Derby County and Leeds and sent someone to sit outside the gates!
Sander Berge has been linked pretty much since relegation was confirmed for United. The Blades seem to be standing by their £35m valuation, despite bizarre reports from Italy claiming £12m will do it.
Then, just last week, Arsenal were credited with an interest in Aaron Ramsdale. The England stopper apparently on the Gunners’ radar to replace Bernd Leno.
Ramsdale has not yet expressed a desire to leave. Local reports and sources suggest he is happy at The Lane, so won’t be pushing through any move for now. That, of course, is good news for United.
But former England and Arsenal stopper, David Seaman, believes Ramsdale would be good for the Gunners.
What David Seaman had to say about Aaron Ramsdale
If anyone knows a good goalkeeper, you’d have to say Seaman is someone whose opinion you can trust. The Rotherham native starred for the Gunners, while being England number one for many a year.
And speaking to Talksport this week, Seaman conceded he’d like Ramsdale at Arsenal, albeit not as a replacement for Leno.
“Do I think Ramsdale would be good? Yeah, he’s a quality goalkeeper – he’s in the England frame – but I’d want both of them there,” Seaman said when discussing Leno.
“I was very disappointed when Emi Martinez went as we need two quality goalkeepers at the club to test each other. They let him go and there was no real pressure on him [Leno]. Getting other goalkeepers is good but if that’s at the price of a top international goalkeeper, I’m not too sure.”
Sheffield United News View: Arsenal can have Ramsdale, but pay the big money please
The same applies to Sander Berge. Don’t beat around the bush and offer small amounts. If the Gunners want Ramsdale, then pay up.
Like Berge, there has been talk of United wanting to hold out for around £35m for Ramsdale. But whether we can get that, or Arsenal are willing to pay it, is another matter.
This Blades board face a big few weeks. Jokanovic is due to start this week, and players need futures resolving. It will, then, be interesting to see Prince Abdullah and co stick to their guns.
Talk, afterall, is cheap.