Sheffield United have been dealt a blow in their bid to keep Aaron Ramsdale at Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, who revealed that Arsenal have made the goalkeeper their top priority in the summer transfer window, ahead of West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper Sam Johnstone.
Crook goes on to state that Mikel Arteta’s side have already seen two bids rejected for the 23-year-old, and are now lining up a third offer believed to be in the region of £30m.
While £30m is undeniably a mouthwatering fee to receive for a Championship side, particularly following the effects of the global pandemic on the financial health of clubs all up and down the country, losing a player of Ramsalde’s ability is bad news for the Blades – regardless of the fee his potential sale would bring in.
Indeed, over his 38 Premier League appearances last season, the £10.8m-rated man kept five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 3.9 saves and 0.3 successful runs out per game, in addition to stopping a whopping 147 shots throughout the club’s campaign.
As such, Ramsalde’s ability is clear for all to see, meaning his loss would severely damage Slavisa Jokanovic’s chances of going on to secure an immediate return to the Premier League with the Blades next season – unless he can find an apt replacement for the £43k-per-week ‘keeper in what remains of the summer transfer window.
However, with Sheffield United now being a Championship side, the chances of the club attracting a player of a similar ability to Ramsdale are slim to none, with the shot-stopper’s likely departure leaving the 52-year-old manager with no other choice than to bring in a downgrade on the England Euro 2020 squad member this summer.