Aaron Ramsdale could be a subject of an Arsenal approach as the Gunners broaden their list of goalkeeping targets.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have added Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to their long list of goalkeeping targets. The Gunners are looking for a new keeper, although it is unclear if they are looking for a deputy or No.1 to replace Bernd Leno.
Among the many additions Arsenal requires in multiple positions in this transfer window, the goalkeeping situation is closely monitored. Ever since, Bernd Leno somewhat indicated that he might consider his future following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for Europe in any form.
Having sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last summer, Leno was the only quality keeper in the side despite signing Alex Runarsson. Arsenal did bring Brighton’s Mat Ryan on loan in January and could make that move permanent. However, if Ryan decides on being a proper first choice elsewhere, the move might collapse.
That brings Arsenal to draw a list of possible targets who might fit either in a deputy role or Leno’s replacement as the club’s first-choice stopper. Andre Onana’s has been heavily linked, especially after his doping ban was reduced. Now Aaron Ramsdale’s name has been thrown in the mix.
Ramsdale managed to have a decent season despite Sheffield United being relegated. He had only moved to Sheffield from Bournemouth after the Cherries got relegated the season before. However, there seems to be no shortage of suitors for him, although there’s no guarantee of being the first choice at Arsenal.
Sheffield United paid around 18 million to Bournemouth for Ramsdale’s transfer, and the Blades will want to recoup most of that money. However, Arsenal may deem that price too excessive for a relegated keeper and switch their attention to other targets.
Ramsdale does not represent a transfer to get the fans excited about it but could be a shrewd signing if the Gunners can bring him at a lower fee. Arsenal will be hoping that Mat Ryan eventually signs for them, and only in the case that doesn’t happen will they go in for someone like Ramsdale.
It surely will be some interesting few weeks ahead for Arsenal and their fans, as they await the signings needed to re-build this side. If Ramsdale will be part of this project remains to be seen. However, whatever may be the outcome of Arsenal’s interest in Ramsdale, the Gunners are indeed out in the market for a keeper.