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Arsenal weigh up alternatives to Ramsdale

Arsenal are said to be weighing up alternatives to Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale, as their search for a new goalkeeper continues.

The Gunners currently have Bernd Leno as the club’s undisputed number one, although there is seemingly a desire to provide stronger competition for the German, after seeing Emi Martinez depart for Aston Villa last summer.

 

While the club did sign Icelandic stopper Alex Runarsson on a permanent deal last summer, as well as bringing in Brighton ‘keeper Mat Ryan on-loan in January, the former is yet to convince in an Arsenal shirt, while the latter has already returned to his parent club, leaving them seeking a suitable number two to Leno ahead of the new season

One man who has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is Blades’ man Aaron Ramsdale, although as per the Star, the north London club are now weighing up potential alternatives to the Englishman.

The 23-year-old – who is currently part of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad – only returned to Sheffield United from Bournemouth last summer, yet has been linked with an exit from Bramall Lane after impressing despite the club’s relegation to the second tier.

However, with three years remaining on his deal, the Championship side are under ‘no pressure’ to sell and have reportedly set an asking price of £25m.

The report says that Arsenal have now identified Sam Johnstone as an alternative, the former Manchester United man having caught the eye for West Bromwich Albion last season, amid a difficult campaign for the club.

With Johnstone also having suffered relegation to the second tier, the Baggies are likely to only demand around £20m for his services, representing a cheaper option than that of Ramsdale.

As per the report, the 28-year-old would be an attractive signing due to his ‘homegrown’ status, as well as his wealth of experience across the football league.

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