When it comes to transfer targets, Mikel Arteta often refuses to comment on those who don’t belong to Arsenal.
The Spaniard makes a point of respecting the other club involved by keeping tight lipped on players who Arsenal may or may not want to sign.
But the fact that Arteta spoke openly about Aaron Ramsdale this morning is pretty much a confirmation that the Sheffield United goalkeeper is moving to North London.
There has been no announcement from Arsenal as of yet, but Arteta admitted that the 23-year-old had ‘huge, huge potential’ and claimed fans of the North London club will love him.
He told the club’s official website: “I think they’re going to love his personality, his character, the quality that he has as a goalkeeper and what he’s going to offer. I think he’s a young goalkeeper, but he’s got huge, huge potential.”
How much is the deal for?
Arsenal, who wrapped up their signing of Martin Odegaard this morning, are set to pay £24 million for Ramsdale.
According to Sky Sports, that’s the initial deal and the fee could rise to £30 million based on add-ons, including whether or not he displaces Bernd Leno as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
No doubt some fans of the Emirates Stadium club will feel that their side are overpaying – and they might be true.
But the overall truth is that Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation looks far better with Leno and Ramsdale than Leno and Alex Runarsson, who was the number two for half of last season.