Arsenal seem to be clear in their mind that they want to complete a transfer for Aaron Ramsdale this summer.
What started as tentative interest appears to now be full-tilt. It was just over a weeka ago where we reported that Arsenal were keen on a £24m deal for Ramsdale.
At the time, it seemed like the Gunners were simply sounding out different targets. However, since then, the rumours haven’t gone away.
Indeed, a report today from The Athletic has claimed that Arsenal have initiated talks with United over the transfer of Ramsdale.
It suggests that the Gunners feel a deal is there to be done. United, meanwhile, are – so far – maintaining their stance that players will only be sold if big bids come their way that are too good to refuse.
Per the Athletic’s report, there are are a number of reasons why Mikel Arteta is so keen to land Ramsdale.
Aside from the fact he’s an exceptional goalkeeper who’s now in the England set-up, the Gunners see serious upside to landing the United number one.
First, they’ve never replaced Emi Martinez. That’s left Bernd Leno to have a free run, and keeping your number one on their toes is vital for big teams.
Second, Ramsdale fills part of the English quota for the Gunners. Thirdly, it is believed Ramsdale can make a ‘significant contribution’ over the coming seasons.
Finally, the signing of Ramsdale fits firmly with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s new recruitment policy. Arsenal are looking for young players who can stand the test of time. The club has been burnt by expensive deals for older players such as Willian and Mesut Ozil in recent years. Arteta, it seems, wants none of that anymore.
A real test
The real test for Sheffield United’s board comes now. For so long they’ve peddled the line out about not needing to sell, and only letting players go if bids are simply irresistable.
The £24m fee being mentioned seems too small. Given United paid around £18m, you’d like to think we can get a bit more back. Especially, given Ramsdale has now got into the Three Lions set-up.
Time will tell, but this is the chance for Prince Abdullah to back his talk up.
He said himself when Chris Wilder left that ‘actions speak louder than words’. The time to show that, then, has come for the Blades owner.