Arsenal are hoping to complete the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, this week, despite reports of a deal being off last week.
The Gunners thought they had got their man in midweek, only for a deal to collapse as United once again held out for more money. The Blades are thought to be wanting around £30-35m for Ramsdale. Arsenal, meanwhile, only want to pay around £20m up front, with the rest in add-ons.
Despite all that, the Daily Mail have reported today that Arsenal are still keen to sign Ramsdale. They claim that the Gunners want both Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard signed in the coming days.
It comes after the club sanctioned the £25m sale of Joe Willock to Arsenal, freeing up funds. And after their nightmare start against Brentford, it’s easy to see why they want new players.
Time for United to accept and reinvest?
Like Arsenal, Sheffield United have struggled so far. Two games in, no goals scored, and no really big chances created. It’s a worrying look for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side so far.
And while all summer we’ve been happy to keep Ramsdale, now, it looks more like we should cash in and use the money in other areas.
We will, of course, need another goalkeeper. That is, unless Wes Foderingham or Michael Verrips can step up. But we also need wide players, we need a creative midfielder, and we need another defender.
If selling Ramsdale this week funds those moves, then so be it.