Arsenal have been told it will cost them £32m if they want to sign Aaron Ramsdale this summer after seeing two bids rejected for the goalkeeper by Sheffield United.
Mikel Arteta is keen to sign Ramsdale amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Bernd Leno, though the relegated Blades have set a significant price-tag for the goalkeeper following interest from the north London side.
Ramsdale signed for Sheffield United in an £18.5m deal from Bournemouth last summer, re-joining the club three seasons after leaving for the Cherries for a fee of just £800,000.
The 23-year-old was unable to prevent the Blades’ relegation following a difficult campaign at Bramall Lane, the goalkeeper’s second successive relegation after dropping out of the top flight with Bournemouth the previous season.
Ramsdale did, however, earn inclusion in England’s squad for Euro 2020 following injuries to Nick Pope and Dean Henderson, and the Times are reporting that Sheffield United view the shot-stopper as one of their most saleable assets following relegation to the Championship.
Arsenal will have already spent £72m on new signings when Ben White completes a £50m move from Brighton, having secured deals for youngsters Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively.
The north London side are also keen to add a creative midfielder to their ranks and have targeted Leicester’s James Maddison, and it remains to be seen how high Arteta is willing to go for Ramsdale given priorities elsewhere.
Arsenal have also been linked with West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Barcelona’s Neto, as they look to provide competition or even a replacement for current number one, Leno.
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