Arsenal fans won’t be best pleased to learn that the club seem very determined to land Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, while they have apparently identified West Brom’s Sam Johnstone if they can’t convince the Blades to sell.

Aaron Ramsdale of England takes his seat on the substitutes bench during the UEFA European Championships match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture credit David Klein / Sportimage
Aaron Ramsdale of England takes his seat on the substitutes bench during the UEFA European Championships match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture credit David Klein / Sportimage

Aaron Ramsdale’s stock isn’t too high amongst Arsenal fans, who are growing ever more concerned about the keepers Inaki Cana, the man who recommended Alex Runarsson, is bringing to Mikel Arteta.

Cana was also linked with the departure of goalkeeping coach, Andy Woodman, after Bernd Leno allegedly said he wanted to be coached by Woodman rather than Cana.

With Leno’s future far from clear, Arsenal have been increasingly linked with a move for Ramsdale while links with Ajax’s Andre Onana have gone quiet. Onana was said to be Emirates-bound but that move doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at present.

Arsenal and Ramsdale, however, is all over the Sunday papers.

Sam's on standby - Daily Star on Sunday 4 July 2021
Sam’s on standby – Daily Star on Sunday 4 July 2021

The Sunday Mirror, Sunday People, and Sunday Express all carry a version of the same story above from the Daily Star on Sunday.

Sheffield United are said to want £25m for the 23-year-old keeper, currently valued at around £10.8m. Ramsdale does, however, have three years remaining on the contract he signed just last summer when he moved from Bournemouth for £18.45m when he was worth £11.25m. The Mirror think £20m could seal the deal.

West Brom, however, ‘only’ want £20m for Johnstone who is 28, under contract for just one more year and is only actually worth £7.2m.

Arsenal are reportedly going to make a bid for Ramsdale once England are finished at the Euros.

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