Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider that he thinks Arsenal will be very busy towards the end of the window after seeing a move for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale fall through.
The Gunners were keen to bring in the shot stopper this summer in order to provide some much needed competition for their first choice keeper, Bernd Leno, however the Premier League side were unwilling to match what the Blades wanted for their player and as a result they stepped back from negotiations.
Ramsdale has seen his stock rise significantly since moving back to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth and is said to be keen on a move to the Emirates if talks can be resurrected between the two clubs.
Now Phillips has taken aim at Arsenal after they saw the deal fall through, as he stated the following recently:
“It’s unbelievable that these issues are happening at Arsenal.
“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s pure frustration at this point.
“There have been so many knockbacks this summer with transfers.
“These shouldn’t be issues that happen at that club but it’s still happening.
“It’s going to be a very busy end to the transfer window if they want to get these players in.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t sign anyone though, typical Arsenal.”
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The Blades are seemingly unwilling to let Ramsdale leave the club unless their valuation is met, which means that the former AFC Wimbledon loanee appears likely to stay put in the Steel City for a while longer at least.
Ramsdale’s current contract with the club expires in the summer of 2024.
Sheffield United have taken the decision to stand firm over the future of their player and quite frankly if Arsenal can’t stump up the cash, he won’t be going anywhere in a hurry.
The 23-year-old is at the top of his game right now and will only continue to improve as time goes on, which means his price tag is likely to increase in the future.
Arsenal will have been aware that Ramsdale wouldn’t come cheap and they have been left with egg on their face after pulling out of the deal.
It’ll now be interesting to see if the keeper attempts to force through a move by handing in a transfer request at Bramall Lane.