Arsenal look to be close to ending their search for a new goalkeeper amid reports they are in advanced talks with Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale.
The Gunners have been tracking Ramsdale for some time after making enquiries earlier in the transfer window.
Mat Ryan had been linked with a return to Arsenal following his spell on loan from Brighton last season, but revealed the club are on the lookout for a homegrown keeper to help boost their quota.
Ramsdale would fit the bill following his role in England's squad at Euro 2020, with the 23-year-old now seemingly poised to complete a switch to the Emirates.
According to Football London, Arsenal chiefs are in advanced negotiations over a deal costing an initial £24m, with a further £6m potentially due in add-ons.
Ramsdale only re-signed for the Blades last year for an £18.5m fee after impressing in the Premier League for Bournemouth.
Arsenal had considered other options – namely Ajax star Andre Onana – but the fact Ramsdale qualifies as one of the eight homegrown players required by the Premier League has persuaded Arteta to make his move.
The aforementioned Ryan did hold talks with Arsenal over a permanent move, but eventually signed for Real Sociedad.
He told FoxSports: “We enquired but we were told I wasn’t top of their list. We got the impression they were looking for a homegrown keeper."
Arteta was coy when asked by reporters on Sunday whether he still wanted to bring in another goalkeeper before the deadline, but Ramsdale's addition would provide good competition for current no.1. Bernd Leno and understudy Alex Runarsson.
It would also end a year-long chase for a long-term option, following the questionable sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last summer.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have sanctioned the sale of midfielder Joe Willock to Newcastle in a transfer worth a reported £25m.
It is thought Arsenal would still like to bring in another midfield option before the window shuts at the end of this month, with Leicester's James Maddison, Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard and Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso linked.
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