Arsenal have already made three bids for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and could now even come back with a fourth.
The Gunners sealed a deal for Ramsdale’s England teammate, Ben White today. Brighton finally relented on the young defender, allowing him to move on for around £50m.
But Arsenal’s spending is not set to stop yet. They want Ramsdale, and players in other positions, too. And the Guardian has reported that the Gunners have already made three bids for the United number one.
The report claims the Gunners are prepared to be patient with some of their targets. That could see them play the long game when it comes to Ramsdale, and seeing if United eventually wilt.
The Blades are thought to be demanding close to £40m for the England man. Ramsdale joined for around £18m last summer. Despite a miserable opening to his career, he finished the season in fine style.
So far, Arsenal’s bids are believed to be nowhere near United’s valuation of their number one. With three offers already in, it remains to be seen if the fourth will finally perk the Blades board’s interest.
Cat and mouse
This is a classic case of two clubs simply testing the water with each other it seems.
United are defiant in their stance. Rightfully so, too. They’ve just seen Arsenal pay £50m for Ben White, so in a way, that could hinder the Gunners even more.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will be hoping United’s relegation forces our hands eventually. It was claimed that upon relegation, United had a £40m gap to plug. But with nobody sold yet, if that is true, then the clock is ticking for the board.
It very much seems to be a case of cat and mouse. Arsenal will likely come again. It just depends if the Blades board continue to hold their nerve.