Sheffield United and Arsenal have failed to agree a deal for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to The Athletic.
What’s the story?
Arsenal’s interest in signing Ramsdale had been well-documented, with football.london recently claiming that the Gunners were closing in on a deal to sign the Blades shot-stopper.
But The Atheltic have now revealed that any potential move is on the verge of breaking down, as both Arsenal and Sheffield United can’t agree on a fee for the 23-year-old.
The Sun’s Tom Barclay has also reported that Ramsdale is ‘gutted’ over the breakdown in talks over the potential move to the Emirates Stadium for the England international this summer.
Sheffield United are set to take on Swansea City on Saturday evening, and it remains to be seen as to whether Ramsdale will feature in Slavisa Jokanovic’s starting XI for that clash at the Liberty Stadium, with Michael Verrips starting ahead of him for their EFL Cup clash against League Two side Carlisle United in midweek.
Ramsdale was one of the few Sheffield United players to come away with much credit to their name in the 2020/21 season, as the Blades were relegated from the Premier League.
The goalkeeper had an average Whoscored rating of 6.55 from the 2020/21 campaign, which put him seventh in the list of Sheffield United’s best performers from that frustrating season.
The goalkeeper has been a long-term transfer target for Arsenal, as they looked to provide much-needed competition for Bernd Leno between the posts heading into the new league campaign.
At the age of 23, Ramsdale could have been the ideal person to do just that, with the shot-stopper having experience of playing in the Premier League to a relatively high standard.
Can you see Ramsdale staying?
It’s not a fair reflection to judge Ramsdale’s performances when the rest of his Sheffield United teammates struggled throughout last term, in what was a forgetful year for the Bramall Lane faithful.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously praised the efforts of Ramsdale, and felt as though he played an ‘incredible’ game for the Blades when they faced the Reds.
“We arrive pretty much alone with the goalie but Ramsdale played an incredible game, few outstanding saves.”
Sheffield United’s supporters will be buzzing over this update on Ramsdale’s future at the club, as he could go on to play a key role in their bid for promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking this term.
However, with The Sun’s Tom Barclay claiming that he’s not pleased with a move to Arsenal materialising, Jokanovic will have to put his arm around the 23-year-old, and convince him to play his part for the Blades this term, as he’s far too good of an option to have sat on the substitutes bench.
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