Arsenal are looking likely to end their search for a backup goalkeeper, with Aaron Ramsdale reportedly close to becoming an Arsenal player.
Chris Wheatley has confirmed that Arsenal are now in advanced talks with Sheffield United for Aaron Ramsdale.
Reports suggest the fee will be £24 million (£30 million with add ons).
It is a deal that has been met with mixed opinion online. Many Arsenal fans have raised the valid point that £30 million on a backup keeper, having sold Emi Martinez last summer for £20 million, is daft business.
Ramsdale is a decent young keeper; he has shown signs of an ability to pull of phenomenal reflex saves, though does have an error in him as well (I suppose every keeper does).
My response to this deal will depend on how it affects our other business. £24 million on Ramsdale is fine by me, as long as we still secure deals for Maddison and a couple of others. However, if we splash this cash on Ramsdale only for the board to pull out of deals for priority targets then I will be furious.
Much like the Ben White deal, I like the player and think he will have a bright future with us, but I have to hope that there will still be money left for areas of greater importance.
Time will tell whether this is a good or bad deal.
Though, we can’t take this out on Ramsdale. He is a very talented young keeper who, if we get behind him, can reach great heights at Arsenal in time. His fee is not his fault, and I for one am excited to see him play.
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