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Arsenal urged to opt for Newcastle deal and stop ‘bizarre’ pursuit of EFL player

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Danny Mills has urged Arsenal to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and stop their “bizarre” pursuit of Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners have already bid twice for the 23-year-old shot-stopper this summer as they look to add further cover and competition for Bernd Leno but both have fallen short of the £32 million United are said to want for him.

Late last month, Sky Sports reported that the Premier League were set to make a third bid for Ramsdale, in the region of £25 million, while it is understood the Englishman is keen to move to the Emirates.

Woodman was touted as a potential alternative that Arsenal were looking at earlier in the summer, with the Newcastle keeper thought to cost around £10 million.

Speaking to Football Insider, Mills has urged the north London club to move for the 24-year-old that has impressed on loan at Swansea City in recent seasons and end their “bizarre” pursuit of Ramsdale.

He said: “Go and get Freddie Woodman for £10million. If you want a backup goalkeeper, there you go.

“He’s got good experience, a decent goalkeeper. He’s coming through and will cost you probably less than half.

“Aaron Ramsdale is not like ‘Wow, outstanding goalkeeper worth more than £30million’. It seems like a lot of money for what you’re getting.

“You don’t look at him last season and go ‘Wow’. Look at Dean Henderson’s season in the Premier League with Sheffield United and if somebody bought him for £30million you get it.

“I know Aaron Ramsdale got in the England squad but there weren’t too many goalkeepers around and there were injuries. £30million seems a lot, an awful lot.”

Only Sam Johnstone made more saves in the Premier League last season than Ramsdale (Squawka) though he was unable to help the Blades avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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The Verdict

It’s hard to disagree with Mills on this one.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Ramsdale has been a little strange given there are likely better options out there that are available at a lower price tag.

Though he’s got no Premier League experience, there’s certainly an argument to be made that Woodman would be a better option as Leno looks likely to still be at the club next season.

That would give the 24-year-old the chance to mature and develop as the German’s backup before challenging for the number one jersey at a later date.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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