Sheffield United have been dealt a major blow in their bid to keep Aaron Ramsdale at Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mirror (via The 72), who claim that, as a result of seeing two Arsenal bids rejected for his services, the goalkeeper could be set to hand in a transfer request in order to push a move to the Emirates through before deadline day at the end of the month.
The report continues by stating that the most recent of the Gunners’ offers hit the £25m mark, while the Blades value the 23-year-old closer to £30m, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side adamant they will not part with the shot-stopper for less than the club’s asking price.
Should Ramsdale indeed go on to hand in a transfer request in the coming days, Jokanovic will find himself in something of an awkward position, as, after seeing two bids knocked back for the Euro 2020 England squad member, it has been reported that Arsenal have now turned their attention to other targets in the transfer market as a result of the Blades’ demands.
As such, the 52-year-old manager could find himself in a position where he may well be forced to lower his asking price in order for the Gunners to come back in with another offer for the 23-year-old, or, on the other hand, drop arguably one of the most talented goalkeepers in the Championship from his first-team squad as a result of his desire to leave.
And, considering the slow start United have got off to in their 2021/22 campaign, picking up just one point over their opening two Championship fixtures, the last thing the Serbian manager needs is the man Jurgen Klopp dubbed an “incredible” player kicking up a fuss.
So, if the reports are to be believed and the £22k-per-week Ramsdale does formally submit his wish to leave Bramall Lane, Jokanovic will be in for a very stressful final couple of weeks of the summer transfer window, something that will undoubtedly leave the 52-year-old fuming – as he would surely much rather be focusing on securing United’s first win of the season.