Arsenal’s pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale looks set to collapse with the Gunners still a ‘significant’ distance from Sheffield United’s valuation of the goalkeeper.
Talks between the two teams have been ongoing as the north London side look to sign the England u21 international and add to their goalkeeping ranks, but Arsenal have so far been unwilling to meet the Blades’ asking price for Ramsdale.
Arsenal have already seen two bids rejected for the 23-year-old, with both offers seeing the guaranteed fee to the Championship side fall below £20m.
That figure is some way adrift of Sheffield United’s original £35m asking price for the shot-stopper and The Athletic are reporting the disparity between the sides is set to lead to the collapse of the deal.
Sheffield United have so far been ‘inflexible’ over their valuation of the goalkeeper, who was named as the club’s Player of the Season last term despite the Blades’ relegation from the Premier League, having signed in an £18.5m deal from Bournemouth last summer.
Arsenal also remain in the market for a creative midfielder before the closure of the transfer window and have monitored Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard and Leicester’s James Maddison.
Mikel Arteta’s are set to increase their transfer budget with the sale of Joe Willock to Newcastle, having agreed a fee in excess of £20m with the Magpies for the midfielder, who starred during a loan spell at St James’ Park last season.