Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Arsenal’s Ramsdale pursuit on verge of collapsing

The talks between Arsenal and Sheffield United about a proposed transfer of Aaron Ramsdale are close to collapsing, according to The Athletic.

The Gunners have been watching the 23-year-old closely for a long time, and he has been manager Mikel Arteta’s preferred option to come in and provide cover and competition for Bernd Leno. However, the negotiations between the clubs started with a big gap in valuation of his services, with Sheffield United using the £35 million mark as a starting point, while Arsenal were hopeful of completing the deal for half that amount.

Both sides apparently hoped a solution would be found, and they held a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, but the Blades remained firm in their demand, even though Arsenal eventually offered to pay £20 million as a guaranteed part of the fee, with add-ons to come on top.

At Sheffield United, however, they don’t feel such a deal would represent a sufficient profit on Ramsdale, whom they signed from Bournemouth for just over £18m. The talks have reached an impasse, and Arsenal could now be forced to consider alternative targets.

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Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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