The saga with Aaron Ramsdale has taken another twist it seems, with Arsenal now said to be in talks over a £25m deal for the United stopper.
Reports have differed by the day it seems of late. United are said to be standing firm on their £30-35m asking-price. Arsenal, meanwhile, believe a third bid of around £25m could be enough to tempt the Blades.
And in a further development today, Italian journalist and transfer guru Nicolo Schira has said that talks are now advanced over a deal.
Arsenal are desperate for a new goalkeeper this summer. Bernd Leno is their number one, but Mikel Arteta is determined to add another stopper.
Ramsdale has seen his stock rise and was part of the England squad during Euro 2020, albeit he didn’t play.
United paid around £18m for Ramsdale last summer. It is believed Bournemouth have a 15% sell-on clause in any deal. That means the Blades would need to pay the Cherries around £4m if they agree to this £25m fee.
Arsenal closing in on Ramsdale?
It looks very much that way, although there’s been no further reports to suggest talks are actually underway.
Schira usually has his sources but such is the speed of this Ramsdale deal, don’t be surprised if something changes by tomorrow.
However, it’s looking increasingly like that Ramsdale leaves. £25m is a decent enough fee, although the Blades board would have hoped for more to be honest.
But, the club won’t want to delay too long. Arsenal have other irons in the fire with the likes of Neto and Sam Johnstone. If United are open to selling, it probably makes sense to cash-in now.