Sheffield United have been dealt a blow to their chances of keeping Aaron Ramsdale at Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that Arsenal are preparing a bid for the Sheffield United goalkeeper, with Mikel Arteta’s side confident that they will be able to seal a deal for the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window.
The report goes on to state that the Gunners are aware that a deal for the England Euro 2020 squad member will cost them around £30m, and that they are willing to contribute a chunk of their sizeable transfer budget in order to land the shot-stopper.
While it may have initially appeared rather unlikely that a team would be willing to meet Sheffield United’s £30m asking price for Ramsdale this summer, the fact that Arsenal seem to be prepared to do exactly this presents Slavisa Jokanovic with something of a nightmare.
Indeed, despite the Blades’ relegation for the top flight last season, the £43k-per-week man nevertheless impressed over his 38 Premier League appearances, helping his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 3.9 saves and 0.3 successful runs out per game, in addition to making a total number of 147 stops across the season.
As such, losing a player with the ability of Ramsdale would not only be an outcome that would leave Jokanovic gutted, it would also almost certainly put a dent in United’s promotion ambitions ahead of next season.
Furthermore, while the club would be receiving a considerable fee for the man Jurgen Klopp dubbed an “incredible” player, attracting a replacement of a similar level to the 23-year-old will be a difficult task for the Serbian manager, particularly while his side are languishing down in the Championship.
So, all in all, should Arsenal indeed go on to get a deal over the line for Ramdale this summer, it would not appear to be very good news whatsoever for the Blades ahead of their upcoming campaign.