Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic has told Metro News that the deal to take Aaron Ramsdale to Arsenal is huge for the club.
The 23-year-old shot stopper is seemingly set to complete his move to North London after it was confirmed by Sky Sports that the Premier League side had agreed a deal in principle with the Blades worth an initial £24 million.
It is also said that Sheffield United will pocket a further £6 million in add-ons if the keeper goes on to become the Gunners’ number one choice between the sticks as he prepares to go head to head with Bernd Leno.
Now Jokanovic has spoken out on the expected move, as he made the following admission to the Metro:
“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 and we have been relegated from the Premier League, so it’s complicated to say no.”
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Ramsdale has seen his stock rise significantly over the past few years and has become one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in the country after starring for the Blades last term.
He was selected for the England senior team during the summer for Euro 2020 and this move to the capital and back to the top flight will only help his chances of staying in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts.
Jokanovic is spot on here, it was extremely hard for Sheffield United to stand in Ramsdale’s way and it would be fair to assume that most of the Bramall Lane faithful will wish him the best of luck at Arsenal.
He is an exceptionally talented keeper for his age and he will only improve under Mikel Arteta and co at the Emirates over the coming years.
It’s a massive moment in his career and not many people would’ve seen this type of move coming around so quickly.
Meanwhile from the Blades’ perspective, they will be pleased with the fee that they are going to get for the player and will now be looking at how they can reinvest it into the playing squad.