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Report: Arsenal have two bids rejected for 23-year-old, now told price they must pay

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Arsenal have had two bids knocked back for Aaron Ramsdale by Sheffield United already this summer, the Times say.

Failed attempts

Arsenal seem to be pushing hard to sign the Blades stopper, as they look for a long-term successor to Bernd Leno.

The initial plan seems to be to bring Ramsdale in and allow him to compete with Leno.

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But there is a feeling at Arsenal that the German could eventually be expendable, and they are now planning to his departure.

The problem for Arsenal is that Sheffield United do not want to sell.

Upping the bid?

The Gunners have already been thwarted twice, and Slavisa Jokanovic’s side apparently now want £32 million for the 23-year-old.

Arsenal’s initial offers were said to be submitted in installments so it remains to be seen whether they could afford such a fee.

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It should be noted that on the face of it the transfer looks extremely expensive.

Ramsdale has been relegated in both his first two top flight seasons.

However, he has shown flashes of real quality and there is an expectation that he could develop into a elite level goalkeeper, and potentially a future England number one.

But with Arsenal having other areas of their squad they need to invest in, it will really stretch their finances to spend so much on a new stopper, regardless of how highly they appear to rate Ramsdale.

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