Bayern Munich are currently weighing up a move for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Despite having been Arsenal’s No. 1 for the last two seasons, Mikel Arteta did not name Ramsdale in his starting XI to take on Everton last time out. Instead, the Spanish coach opted to hand a debut to David Raya.
The Gunners signed Raya on loan from Brentford in the recent summer transfer window. However, they have an option to make the 28-year-old’s move to the Emirates Stadium a permanent one for £27 million.
Raya represents far stronger competition for Ramsdale’s place in the team than Matt Turner did last season. In fact, the loanee may well have won the battle to be first choice between the sticks.
Arteta insists that that isn’t the case, and that both players can still expect plenty of game time, but time will tell if that is indeed the case.
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If Ramsdale finds himself relegated to the bench on a regular basis, then the £61,923-a-week shot-stopper will quickly become unsettled.
With EURO 2024 coming up next summer, and Ramsdale engaged in a battle with Jordan Pickford for the right to start for England in that tournament, he needs to be playing regular football this season.
This could encourage Bayern Munich to make a move for Ramsdale in the January transfer window.
However, even if Raya has established himself as the No. 1 by then, it is highly unlikely that the Gunners would be willing to let Ramsdale leave halfway through the season. Arteta clearly wants two top class ‘keepers competing for the job, and rotating when necessary.
Arsenal still have faith in Ramsdale, too. They handed the 25-year-old a new long-term contract in May 2023.