Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle with Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale worth an initial £24m.
Ramsdale joined Sheffield United last summer in an £18.5m deal from relegated Bournemouth. He was Sheffield United’s player of the season despite their relegation last season and the same was the case in his final season at Bournemouth in 2019/20.
Ramsdale was unused substitute for their clash at the Hawthorn where they were beaten 4-0. Speaking to the media after the match, Sheffield manager, Jokanovic, said: “It’s not really what I want but it’s difficult to stop this kind of situation. It’s a huge deal for the club.”
Ramsdale was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad which reached the final, but is yet to make his full international debut. Per David Ornstein, the deal is worth £24M + £6M in add-ons that will trigger if Ramsdale becomes the number one keeper.
The fee could rise by another £6m in add-ons depending on whether Ramsdale becomes the Gunners’ long-term No 1.
He will join Martin Odegaard at the Emirates after the Norway international agreed a £30m move from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gunners after failing to break into the Real Madrid team under Zinedine Zidane.
He made 20 appearances across all competitions, with one of his two goals coming in the north London derby win over Tottenham in March.
Norwegian international Odegaard is expected to join Arsenal from Real Madrid for an initial £30m fee plus bonuses of around £4m after the failure of new Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelloti, to guarantee him a starting shirt.
Although personal terms have been agreed already, the 22-year-old is unlikely to take part in Sunday’s game against Chelsea as his visa application process is ongoing.
Per Chris Wheatly, Martin Ødegaard has passed his Arsenal medical but is unlikely to play against Chelsea – he’s currently waiting for a visa to be granted. Ramsdale undergoing his medical now and expected to be in the squad for Sunday’s game.
The signing of the duo take Arsenal summer spending to £129 million and may still add new faces to the squad before the transfer window closes. Arsenal will be hoping of getting back to Europe particularly the Champions league football next season.
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