Arsenal edge closer to £24m Ramsdale deal as talks with Sheff Utd advance

The Gunners want competition between the sticks for number one Bernd Leno, and are in advanced discussions with the Championship side over a deal for Ramsdale

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Arsenal are now in advanced talks to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Our colleagues at report that the Gunners are looking to broker a deal to bring the 23-year-old to the Emirates after coming up short with previous offers.

United, relegated from the Premier League last season, are thought to want a fee of around £30million for Ramsdale.

But it is understood Arsenal are not prepared to go that high initially, and instead aim to pay out a fee of around £24m. The deal is likely to include various add-ons.

Mikel Arteta, the Gunners’ boss, has made it clear he wants to recruit another stopper to compete with regular number one Bernd Leno.

Aaron Ramsdale started Sheffield United’s Championship opener against Birmingham City last week

Mat Ryan arrived on loan as back-up in the second half of last season but he has now gone, whilst Alex Runarsson’s future is uncertain after a proposed loan move away from London fell through last month.

Ramsdale is in his second spell at Bramall Lane, after rejoining them last summer for a fee of £18.5m from Bournemouth.

Despite a shaky start to the 2020-21 campaign, Ramsdale’s form improved considerably and he was named United’s player of the year but his individual performances couldn’t prevent his club from surrendering their top flight status.

Ramsdale started United’s first league game of the season last Saturday – the 1-0 loss at home to Birmingham – but was absent from the matchday squad for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win over Carlisle.

He was present in the ground, watching on as his colleagues recorded a 1-0 win.

United boss Slavisa Jokanovic denied Ramsdale’s omission had anything to do with an imminent transfer.

“There is nothing in his absence, no, nothing,” Jokanovic said.

“I just needed to give some players a chance and others a rest. Aaron is my first choice, that I can definitely say.

“But I need to see what other people can do in case something happens. What other options we have and what other choices are here.”

The transfer window closes on Tuesday, August 31 at 11pm.

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