Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted that Aaron Ramsdale wants to join Arsenal but if it was up to him he wouldn’t sell the goalkeeper for £100m.

Sheffield United v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship - Bramall Lane Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: Saturday August 7, 2021. Copyright: Nigel French
Sheffield United v Birmingham City – Sky Bet Championship – Bramall Lane Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: Saturday August 7, 2021. Copyright: Nigel French

Sheffield United want around £35m for their £10m-rated keeper, Aaron Ramsdale, a player Arsenal have been chasing for the entire window. They want both a long-term new number one keeper and a homegrown player, if they can find one.

They think they have all that in Ramsdale, and, a deal, which looked to be dead in the water last week, seems to have had new life breathed into it recently.

“Right now he is a United player,” Jokanovic said. “At this moment there is no change.

“I don’t take these kinds of decisions and from when I signed the contract the club informed me two clubs have possibility to leave the club. One is Aaron.

“I can understand that there is interest in him, as one of the most talented English players.

“But because he’s one of the best players in the league, his price is really high. It’s natural that he wants to be a Premier League player.

“I am talking with him and he believes it can be a good move for himself, but it’s not a bad thing for him if he stays with us.

“In the end it is the decision of Arsenal. If they want him, they need to spend a lot of money. It can happen, but it is something I don’t want. If you ask me if I want to sell him for £100m, I say no.

“But I can understand the business side of both clubs and of Aaron too. He understands very well what I want. I’m not the guy who wants to sell him for any price. If Arsenal want to offer £100m and it was up to me, I’d say no. But I must be responsible and prudent for the club too.”

Ramsdale, for his part, is said to be considering putting in a transfer request to force through a move to Arsenal after it was reported he was ‘gutted’ when a deal looked to have broke down last week.

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