Alex Crook has claimed on TalkSport that Sheffield United star Aaron Ramsdale is keen to join Arsenal despite interest from fellow Premier League sides Burnley and Watford.
It is very clear at this point that the 23-year-old is our number one goalkeeping target. The Guardian revealed not too long ago that Arsenal had tabled two bids for Ramsdale, both of which were turned down by the Blades.
The report claimed that the Gunners will go back in with a third offer to sign the Englishman, but there has been no news about that just yet.
Aaron Ramsdale wants to join Arsenal
Crook has revealed that although Watford and Burnley are interested in Ramsdale, the shot-stopper prefers a move to the Emirates.
He said: “He’s (Ramsdale) keen on the move (to Arsenal).
“My understanding is that there were interests from two other Premier League clubs in the form of Burnley and Watford. But, he only wants to go to one of the top clubs in the country. They are spending money, Arsenal.”
The Insider’s View:
It really is a no-brainer for a player to prefer a move to a massive club like Arsenal over Burnley or Watford. However, Ramsdale could well be the number one in those two clubs, while he’ll only be a backup to Bernd Leno at the Emirates.
Arsenal fans aren’t really convinced by Ramsdale. He has been relegated in each of his last two seasons in the Premier League, which is not a good sign at all. However, if David Ornstein is to be believed, people in the game really rate the 23-year-old.
He told Sky Sports last month: “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.”