Arsenal eye Aaron Ramsdale deal but not signing 25-year-old instead could backfire - TBR View
Arsenal are back in talks over a deal for Aaron Ramsdale, according to The Athletic, but they could be making a big mistake. Andre Onana remains available and Mikel Arteta could be about to drop a clanger.
The Gunners could have to pay £35 million for the man who was England’s third-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2020. That is the price placed on his head by his current club, Sheffield United.
What’s the story?
Arsenal need a goalkeeper. At this stage, it looks like whoever is signed will play second fiddle to Bernd Leno. The German, however, had been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
As a result, Ramsdale has been targeted. He played in all 38 Premier League games for Sheffield United last season as they were relegated in 20th place.
That was necessarily a reflection on Ramsdale’s form though. He finished the season in decent shape and picked up as the season progressed.
Leno’s contract expires in 2023 and Arsenal will fancy a younger keeper with one eye of replacing the Germany international in the future.
Why would Onana be better for Arsenal?
It is somewhat baffling that the Gunners aren’t trying harder to complete a deal for the Cameroonian keeper.
Although he can’t play until November following a suspension, at 25 he has bags of potential and has already played at the top level.
He starred as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-final during the 2018/19 campaign and has 204 appearances to his name for the Dutch giants.
He’d also be cheap. A report by Goal claimed that Ajax are willing to sell their goalkeeper for just £7 million during the current transfer window.
Is Arteta set to make a big Arsenal mistake?
You have to say it looks that way. Even if Onana doesn’t hold a firm desire to come to England, there has to be better options than Ramsdale.
Sheffield United seem to be holding out for far more than Ramsdale is actually worth and there’s an element of desperation creeping in from an Arsenal perspective.
Not signing Onana might be viewed by some as a bit of a disaster-class from Arteta and the jury will remain out if they Arsenal land Ramsdale instead.
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