Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for a fee believed to be in the region of £24million, football.london understands.
Ramsdale has been left out of the Blades’ squad ahead of their game against West Brom on Tuesday night, with a move to the Emirates Stadium likely to be confirmed in the coming days.
The Gunners have been interested in the 23-year-old all summer but had previously been put off by United’s steep asking price but our sister title Yorkshire Live confirmed on Wednesday evening that a deal had been ‘completed in principle’ earlier in the day.
football.london revealed the details of a meeting between Arsenal and United last week which saw the Gunners walk away from the deal due to the £40million asking price.
When asked why Ramsdale would not feature against the Baggies, Blades manager Slavisa Jokanovic told Sky Sports News: “We talked to Aaron and we felt he was not ready for the game tonight and we took a decision not to use him for the game.”
When pressed and asked if there was a transfer on the cards, Jokanovic added: “He is simply not in the right state of mind and we prefer not to complicate things and we start with Mike (Michael Verrips).”
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Ramsdale is likely to be Arsenal’s fifth signing of the summer, with Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White and Nuno Tavares all joining the club earlier this summer for a combined £76million, whilst Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard is also close to completing a move to the north Londoners.
football.london revealed back in May that technical director Edu was targeting at least five players in this transfer window, with a backup goalkeeper, two defenders and two midfielders all on the agenda.