Arsenal have swooped to sign Ramsdale for a deal worth £30million after weeks of negotiations with Sheffield United, taking their total summer spending over £140m
Arsenal have completed the signing of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United.
Talks have been ongoing between the two clubs for weeks and the deal even broke down at one stage due to disagreements over a fee.
However, Ramsdale put pressure on the Championship club to accept Arsenal’s advances, insisted he wanted to join the Gunners this summer.
That brought Arsenal back to the negotiating table and the two clubs were able to thrash out a deal.
Arsenal will pay an initial £24m up front for the England international, with a further £6m potentially due in add-ons.
Mikel Arteta was desperate to add another goalkeeper to his squad to provide competition to first choice Bernd Leno and has finally got his man.
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Ramsdale’s status as a homegrown player also played a big part in Arsenal’s pursuit, as he will count as one of the eight required by the Premier League in the Gunners’ 25-man squad.
Arsenal confirmed on their website that the transfer had been completed, subject to regulatory processes.
Ramsdale has signed a long-term deal and has been handed the No.32 shirt at the Emirates.
He will also be available for Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday could be named in the matchday squad.
It comes just a year after Sheffield United shelled out £18.5m to re-sign Ramsdale from Bournemouth, but their relegation to the second tier made it difficult to keep him at the club.
His arrival in north London takes Arsenal’s spending to over £140m – more than any other team in the top flight this summer.
The youngster had been targeted by some members of the Arsenal fanbase on social media, with questions raised over the size of the fee paid for his services.
But former England No.1 David James feels the fee is “logical” and believes Arsenal can nurture Ramsdale’s talent.
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“When you consider Sheffield United paid £18.5m for him, it’s a logical valuation,” James told Sky Sports. “Given that he had a long-term contract, his experience, he’s an England goalkeeper, it would suggest he has a future that Arsenal can utilise.”
Asked his thoughts on Ramsdale’s ability, he replied: “Aaron Ramsdale has all the agility, he makes big saves – the one question mark I have over him is distribution.
“He can boom the ball, but it’s the finites about playing into midfield. We look at Jordan Pickford, how good he is [at distributing]. If he improves on that he has all the qualities to be Arsenal’s No.1 for a long period of time.”
Blades’ boss Slavisa Jokanovic will be bitterly disappointed to lose Ramsdale, after stating he would turn down an offer of £100m if the decision was up to him.
But Jokanovic also conceded it was a deal the club could not afford to turn down.
“It’s not really what I want but it’s difficult to stop this kind of situation,” Jokanovic admitted. “It’s a huge deal for the club and we have been relegated from the Premier League, so it’s complicated to say no.”