Last season, Arsenal used Maty Ryan as a backup to Bernd Leno. However, Arsenal did not seem to want to make his transfer permanent and instead have looked at Aaron Ramsdale.
It appears as though Arsenal have tried to kill 2 birds with 1 stone; Ramsdale will likely be a backup to Bernd Leno for this season, however will be the long term successor to the German, presumably from next season onwards.
Sheffield United had been playing hardball for Ramsdale this summer, initially demanding a £40 million fee. Quickly, that valuation fell to £34 million, however Arsenal’s patience might allow them to get the deal done for slightly cheaper.
It is thought that now, an offer of £20 million plus around £8 million in potential add ons could be enough to persuade Sheffield to part ways.
Naturally, I think there will be a lot of controversy with this deal. The fee still seems quite steep, especially for a backup goalkeeper and especially when so many other areas of the team require attention.
However, it is important that we remember where we direct that frustration. Ramsdale is a promising, young English goalkeeper with a very high ceiling, however if we jump on his back every time he makes a mistake because the board overspent on him, he will never have the environment in which to succeed at Arsenal.
Hold the board and the owners accountable, not the young player who will just want to do his best for our club.
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