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Arsenal sent firm message by Blades as Arteta looks to rock the Bramall Lane boat

Arsenal remain keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale this summer but Sheffield United are remaining determined in their own pursuit to keep their number one.

The Gunners are said to have put Ramsdale in their sights. However, a reported asking-price of around £40m is said to have put them off a bit.

This weekend, reports suggested that Arsenal were moving onto Sam Johnstone. It was claimed the West Brom and England man could be available for £20m.

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However, rather than that being a definitive proposition for the Gunners, the Sheffield Star has claimed that Arsenal could be using Johnstone to try and get United to lower their ask on Ramsdale.

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But the Blades, rather than wilt, are sticking to their guns. The Star claims that the United board are refusing to budge on their asking-price.

Instead, they are happy to see Arsenal walk away if they aren’t prepared to pay the going rate for ‘Rambo’.

Determined

As with Sander Berge, United are looking to get top dollar if they are to lose key players. Sources indicate to us that the board are holding firm on their £35m demand for the Norwegian, too.

But things could change on that front. Growing interest from Italy threatens to unsettle Berge even more. Further, United do need to recoup some cash, and the big midfielder is most saleable asset at the club.

However, there is a determined approach so far from Stephen Bettis and Prince Abdullah. Whether that remains in place as the window ticks on, remains to be seen.

Decisions

United do have some decisions to make with the squad. Talk of making around £40m has been widely discussed in local media circles.

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If the Blades do need that money to help fund some new signings for Jokanovic, then you just know these clubs are lying in wait. The window is hardly even into gear at the moment, and big clubs know this.

United’s resolve, then, will be fully tested in the coming weeks. Only then, will we know if the Prince has stuck to his word.

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