Arsenal’s move for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is on the verge of breakdown after the two sides failed to agree a fee. Initial reports suggested that the Gunners were in advanced talks and a deal was close to being agreed.
The Athletic now report that the deal is close to breaking down after representatives from both sides met yesterday but there was still a significant gap in terms of valuation of the player.
According to the report, Ramsdale has been manager Mikel Arteta’s first choice since the start of the transfer window with the club having monitored him for over a year.
The suggestion is that Arsenal had made an initial enquiry about the keeper, but United’s Saudi Arabian owners’ wanted at least £35m for Ramsdale.
Since then, the Gunners have had two formal bids rejected, however on both bids the guaranteed fee to United was less than £20m.
Arsenal had always intended to pay an initial price in the region of £20m but also include add-ons that would increase the eventual price.
Yesterdays talks were expected to bring a breakthrough but United have proved inflexible in their valuation, leaving the deal in limbo.
The Gunners are in desperate need of a backup goalkeeper with the start of the season just a day away and The Athletic suggest they will take their search elsewhere.