Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Sheffield United star Aaron Ramsdale, and reports have revealed that the Gunners have had two bids rejected for the English goalkeeper already.
The Guardian claimed yesterday that Mikel Arteta and Edu are still keen and will make one final attempt. If that’s again rejected, it was hinted that we’ll likely look elsewhere, but the whole situation is extremely puzzling to Arsenal supporters.
Yes, we need a goalkeeper, yes, he should be young, and yes, someone with Premier League experience would be ideal. Ramsdale checks all of those boxes, but most fans simply cannot get their head around the fact that we’re willing to spend close to £30 million on a player who has been relegated in each of his last two seasons.
David Ornstein: Why Arsenal really want Aaron Ramsdale
The Athletic’s David Ornstein was asked about the situation and he confirmed that Ramsdale is our number one target. He also shed some light on the thinking behind Arsenal’s interest in him, and his words give a clear insight as to why Arteta and Edu are desperate to sign him.
He said on Sky Sports: “My understanding behind the scenes is that it’s gone a little bit quiet within negotiations. Sheffield United want around £30 million. There will be a little bit of reluctance from Arsenal’s perspective to stretch that far.
“However, he’s clearly their number one target. He’s 23 years old. If you look at his actual performances and speak to people in the game who know about goalkeepers, not just at club level but around the England camp as well, they speak incredibly highly of Ramsdale, as both a player and as a person as well.
“It would be a welcome addition to Arsenal from a footballing and character point of view. He’s homegrown as well. This would be to compete with Leno before a potential departure in one or two years time, and then Ramsdale, if he comes in, would be the successor in Mikel Arteta’s mind.
The reviews Arteta has received from those in the game seems to have convinced him that Ramsdale’s the one.
However, we still can’t see why the Gunners are willing to pay an outrageous amount of money for the Englishman when someone like Andre Onana, who has already proved himself at the top level, will be available for less than a third of the fee.