Aaron Ramsdale has not been included in the Sheffield United squad for this evening’s Championship fixture against West Brom as he closes in on a mover to Arsenal.
The keeper has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer, and over the last week it has been off and on as negotiations between the clubs have continued.
However, with the Blades softening their demands, it looks as if the deal is likely to go through with a fee of around £24m + £6m in optional payments, as per David Ornstein.
Arsenal on verge of agreement with Sheff Utd to sign Aaron Ramsdale. £24m + £6m in add-ons (only likely to apply if/when 23yo is established 1st choice). #SHU initially wanted £40m. Proposed deal 4yrs + 1 option. Not in squad vs #WBA @TheAthleticUK #AFC https://t.co/aN8kJ70EBy
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 18, 2021
If the deal goes through, along with the £30m signing of Martin Odegaard expected to be confirmed tomorrow, it would bring the spending in this transfer window to £129m – after £75m was spent on Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Nuno Tavares – while the only significant sale thus far has been the £20m departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle.
The deal could go through in time for Ramsdale to be part of the squad for Sunday’s game against Chelsea at the Emirates.