Sheffield United plan to reject a £20m Arsenal bid for Aaron Ramsdale, making that clear before the Gunners even submit the offer.

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Middlesbrough, England, 6th June 2021. Aaron Ramsdale of England warms up during the International Friendly match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture: Darren Staples / Sportimage

According to Sheffield outlet The Star, Sheffield United transfer negotiators have made it clear that a £20m Arsenal bid for Aaron Ramsdale has no chance of being accepted.

The club are confident Ramsdale won’t push for a move, after providing them with reassurances on that front after they were relegated from the Premier League. As a result, they don’t want to let him go for such a small profit on their £18.5m investment.

Conversely, Football League World claim Arsenal are growing increasingly confident of an eventual deal, but they agree that the fee involved in any deal will be north of the initial £20m being reported.

This fits with what The Times previously claimed, that although the player is keen on the move, Sheffield United are asking for a fee of more than £20m – valuing him at £24m.

Given Sky Sports reported that Ramsdale was just one of a number of goalkeepers Arsenal are considering, I’d suggest they pick another name from the list. A fee of more than £20m for a backup goalkeeper really seems excessive.

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