Arsenal set to make “decisive bid” for Aaron Ramsdale as transfer frenzy begins
Long summer for Ramsdale
Arsenal have been chasing the signing of Aaron Ramsdale all summer long, as they look to find competent cover for Bernd Leno, and a future first-team shot-stopper.
While Football.London initially reported that Arsenal were in advanced talks for the shot-stopper last week, they later suggested that a move had broken down after a disagreement over potential fee.
Excl: Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdalehttps://t.co/K503vy3kJt
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 11, 2021
However, the deal, as per sources in Sheffield, is not as closed off as previously thought, with Arsenal set to make a “decisive bid” for Ramsdale in the coming days. As per James Shield of the Sheffield Star, the bid is expected to be around 28 million pounds.
Arsenal are growing increasingly confident of signing Aaron Ramsdale, as they prepare to submit what they believe will be a decisive bid for the Sheffield United goalkeeper. #sufc #twitterblades https://t.co/5bv368pNdI
— James Shield (@JamesShield1) August 17, 2021
Were the Gunners to pull off the move, it would raise serious question marks over the future of current no.1 Leno, who turned in another questionable performance against Brentford on Friday.
On replay Leno is clearly fouled for that second goal. Not saying Brentford don’t deserve it but still…
— Kaya Kaynak (@kayakaynak97) August 13, 2021
However, if reports are to be believed, the German may soon have new, expensive, competition.
Other business in the pipeline
After a promising start, Arsenal have been somewhat quiet in the transfer window in recent weeks. Now, with two weeks left, they seem set to spring into action. As per John Cross, of the Mirror, the hierarchy are prepared to sanction up to three new additions before the window slams shut on August 31st.
🚨 Arsenal prepared to sanction 3 more signings for Mikel Arteta before the end of the window. Goalkeeper, midfielder, and “possibly” a striker. Reports, @JohnCrossMirror. https://t.co/m4TT4vfHzo
— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) August 16, 2021
One of those is believed to be Martin Odegaard, with the Gunners thought to be “cautiously optimistic” of completing a deal for the Norwegian, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at the club.
Arsenal cautiously optimistic of completing Martin Odegaard transfer from Real Madrid. Talks continue over structure of deal. Odegaard’s Real #21 shirt from last season now assigned to Rodrygo. #AFC #RMFC #Odegaard
— Dharmesh Sheth (@skysports_sheth) August 16, 2021
With another potentially being Aaron Ramsdale, a striker is also thought to be on the cards, depending on the future of Alexandre Lacazette. Alternative, if Arsenal can find a way to clear their log-jam at right-back, that is also a position that they would be keen to strengthen.
🔴 Hector Bellerin wants Arsenal exit
🔴 Extremely frustrated with #AFC
🔴 26yo has told Arteta + Edu
🔴 Would take pay cut to leave
🔴 Things not working for him or club
🔴 Inter talks failed, Emerson & Trippier swap ideas but nothing close@TheAthleticUKhttps://t.co/4yELsTXI3t
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 16, 2021
Swap deals for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier have both been mooted but are not close, as the Athletic reports.
With not long left in the window, the Gunners have yet again backed themselves into a corner, with high expectations from fans and precious little to celebrate to date,