Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is having a medical at Arsenal ahead of a £30 million move, according to Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to the Gunners throughout the summer but it seems a deal is now close.
Sky Sports Transfer Centre (19/08, 12:34) has revealed that Ramsdale is currently having his medical at the north London club and will then complete his move from the Blades.
It is said that Arsenal are keen to get him signed quickly so he can be part of the squad for their game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Disagreements over the two club’s valuations of the English keeper looked to be proving an obstacle earlier in the summer but it is understood United are now set to receive an initial £24 million from the Gunners, plus £6 million in add-ons should Ramsdale become their long-term option between the sticks.
The shot-stopper was absent from the Blades squad yesterday as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side were hammered 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
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The saga concerning United, Arsenal, and Ramsdale has dragged on across the whole summer but it seems the end is now in sight.
The Gunners’ determination to land the 23-year-old has always seemed a little odd but given the fees that have been bandied about this term, settling on £30 million including add-ons seems a reasonable middle-ground.
Last night’s game will have shown Jokanovic that he’ll need to invest some of that money in his playing squad if he wants to challenge for promotion this term.
A replacement for Ramsdale should be near the top of his list of priorities but other areas need some love as well.
If the next few weeks are done right by the Blades, the sale of the keeper could prove vital to their success this term.