Arsenal have told Sheffield United that they could be willing to pay the £30-32m asking price for Aaron Ramsdale, but on the proviso any deal is paid in instalments.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who report that Ramsdale is the Gunners’ number one target this summer in the sticks.
Ramsdale has emerged as a player Mikel Arteta wants to add to his squad this summer. They believe a deal can be done with the Blades, and have been patiently waiting over the last few weeks for any movement.
Murmurings have started to emerge from Bramall Lane, too, that the club could well accept around £32m for Ramsdale. However, it’s believed United want a big sum up front as well.
That could scupper the Gunners, however. The Telegraph’s report states how Arsenal want to pay for Ramsdale in a structured deal. That would obviously involve a down payment, then future instalments being adhered to.
United’s board are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the futures of both Ramsdale and midfielder, Sander Berge. Coincidentally, the Gunners have also been linked with Berge all summer.
Is the writing on the wall with Ramsdale and Arsenal?
This seems to be gathering pace by the day, and normally, that only means things are heading one way.
Nobody will begrudge Ramsdale joining Arsenal. It’s a big move, where he’ll get huge money, and likely be in and around the first-team all season, although he’ll be behind Bernd Leno to start with.
From a United standpoint, we also can’t turn down £32m or so. It’s a huge figure and a £14m profit on someone we’ve only had for 12 months.
The good news is the club is standing firm. Let’s hope, then, that they stand firm on how any deal is paid. United need some funds now to allow Jokanovic to strengthen. It’s important that Stephen Bettis and Prince Abdullah get this one right.
For Ramsdale, it seems to be a move that he simply can’t afford to turn down right now. And in fairness, who can blame him.