Arteta reveals White's Arsenal move was long time in making
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Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been left hugely disappointed by the breakdown of his proposed move to Arsenal, according to reports. The 23-year-old, who was named in the England squad for Euro 2020 earlier this summer, had been a target for the Gunners since the end of last season.
The north London club were understood to be in advanced talks with Sheffield United over a move for Ramsdale on Wednesday.
Arsenal have been searching for a new goalkeeper to provide Bernd Leno with some additional competition between the sticks ahead of the new campaign.
The likes of Ajax’s Andre Onana and Sam Johnstone of West Bromwich Albion had been linked with the Gunners before Ramsdale emerged as their priority target.
He impressed for United despite their eventual relegation from the Premier League last season, with the former Bournemouth stopper making the second-highest number of saves in the division.
Arsenal decided to act on their interest in Ramsdale earlier this summer but ultimately failed to agree a fee with the Blades.
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It has been reported that any move to the Emirates Stadium is now dead in the water, with the two clubs believed to be some way off in their respective valuations of the player.
Arsenal refused to meet United’s asking price of around £30million, with Ramsdale said to be ‘gutted’ over the situation, according to The Sun.
The England keeper was left out of the Blades side that scraped past Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, with former Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster scoring the only goal of the game.
United boss Slavisa Jokanovic revealed after the final whistle that Ramsdale’s absence was entirely unrelated to Arsenal’s interest in his services.
“There is nothing in his absence tonight, no, nothing,” Jokanovic told reporters.
“I needed to give players a chance. The fixture gives us the chance to see if we can give him [Michael Verrips] a chance and this is what I did.
“Actually, right now, Aaron is my first choice, but if something happened I need to be ready and see what other people can do, what other choices are here.”
Meanwhile, former England defender Danny Mills recently questioned Arsenal’s pursuit of Ramsdale, urging the Gunners to look elsewhere in their search for a new back-up option.
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“It’s bizarre,” Mills, who made 216 appearances in the Premier League over the course of his career, told Football Insider.
“Go and get Freddie Woodman for £10m. If you want a back up goalkeeper, there you go. He’s got good experience, a decent goalkeeper.
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