Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed that Arsenal are pushing to sign Aaron Ramsdale this summer.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Englishman for over a month now. He is clearly Mikel Arteta’s number one goalkeeper target, but the Blades’ £40 million asking price made a move impossible.
However, with Ramsdale now reportedly pushing to join Arsenal, there is some newfound optimism that a deal could be completed in the coming days. Jokanovic’s latest comments add more fuel to the rumours.
Jokanovic: Arsenal are pushing to sign Ramsdale
The Blades boss told Yorkshire Live: “If you ask me if I want him to leave, then no. He’s a Sheffield United player now and it will depend on the club – our club and also Arsenal too. They are the principal club pushing for him. In this moment there is no change, we will see what happens in the future.
“Naturally, he wants to be a Premier League player. I am talking with him, he believes it can be a good move for himself, but it is not a bad thing for him if he stays with us.
“He is a talented English player and I understand Arsenal are interested, but this is the business. If he is one of the best players in the league, his price is high, and it’s up to Arsenal. If they want him, they need to spend a lot of money. Aaron doesn’t have my permission to leave but I understand the situation.”
Drop in asking price?
Initial reports made it absolutely clear that the Blades want £40 million for their star goalkeeper. However, Football London have now revealed that Arsenal are confident of signing him for a lot lesser.
The report claims that a deal is likely to be reached for a fee in excess of £20 million, with clauses inserted in his contract that could push the price higher if certain conditions are met in the coming years.
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As much as Arsenal fans don’t fancy Ramsdale, about £20 million for him is a lot better than what was initially reported. It really does look like it will happen now, and we have to back him to succeed at the Emirates if he does arrive.