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Report: Arsenal identify ‘cheaper alternative’ to Ramsdale; club have set £12m asking price

Arsenal have reportedly identified Sam Johnstone as a financial alternative option if Sheffield United refuse to budge on their asking price for Aaron Ramsdale.

According to the Express, the West Bromwich Albion number one is a ‘cheaper alternative’ for the Gunners this summer.

As reported by the Athletic, the Baggies have set a £12m asking price for the England international.

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Arsenal are keen on Ramsdale. However, the Blades are keen to retain their 23-year-old stopper ahead of their Championship season.

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According to the Telegraph, Sheffield United want £30m for the keeper.

The Gunners are keen to sign a new shot-stopper this summer. Bernd Leno’s current deal with the club expires in 2023, and it is expected that the German international won’t sign a new contract with Arsenal.

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Indeed, Andre Onana and Neto are also options for Arsenal this summer. But Ramsdale appears to be Mikel Arteta’s number one choice this summer. Yet Sheffield’s price tag for the youngster is a sticking point for the Gunners.

With the north London side set to sign Ben White for £50m this week, transfer funds could be running low for Arsenal.

Johnstone could be a sensible transfer for Arsenal

And Johnstone could be a viable option for Arteta this summer given West Brom’s asking price.

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The former Manchester United academy star impressed in the Premier League last campaign.

West Brom’s defence struggled against top-flight opposition. But Johnstone held his own admirably, making the most saves in the division last season.

Although Johnstone is just a year youngster than Leno, the keeper will be a sensible option if the club fail to sign Ramsdale, who could be too expensive for Arsenal this window.

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