Arsenal are preparing their third bid of £25m for Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale, although it is likely to fall short of the Blades’ asking-price again.
Reports this week have suggested the Gunners have already seen two bids rejected. Further to that, it was claimed that Arsenal were preparing a third bid in the region of £30-32m, paid in instalments.
However, Sky Sports have now claimed that those figures are wide of the mark. Instead, they suggest that Arsenal are going to return with a bid worth around the £25m mark. It is said to be around £18m up front, with the rest coming in add-ons.
If what we hear coming out of Bramall Lane is true, then this is likely to be flatly rejected. United’s stance has been the same all summer so far. They won’t sell, unless their asking-prices are met.
Ramsdale’s stock has never been higher, either. He’s just come back from the Euros with England, where he won praise for his abilities from the likes of Jordan Pickford.
Testing the water
While the other bids from Arsenal have been rejected quickly, this one will at least perk the board’s interest. Yes, it’s nowhere near the £30m or so they want. But it’s also not far off, and is a nice chunk of change up front.
A lot here could come down to if Ramsdale wants the move himself. It’s a big decision for the United number one. Obviously, he will think he has a better chance with England in the Premier League.
But then again, if he isn’t playing – like he would be at United – then how does he get picked?
Ultimately, both the club and Ramsdale face a big few weeks. So far, United have held firm. But when real money is flashed about and bids get real, it becomes harder to say no.
You get the impression the next 7-10 days could shape United’s season.