As is often the case with relegated clubs, there has been plenty of speculation suggesting certain individuals will leave Sheffield United this summer.
The most noise right now concerns keeper Aaron Ramsdale, with Arsenal believed to have bid over £30m bid for the stopper. And, the prospect of losing the 23-year-old, has prompted a mixed response from the support.
Whilst to many neutrals it seems like an offer that’s too good to turn down, the reality is that Blades fans saw Ramsdale’s rapid improvements as last season went on. They know he is a good keeper and if he remains at Bramall Lane, he could make the position his own for the next decade and beyond.
Therefore, it would need to be a very good offer for the Yorkshire side to cash in, but the club would be right to accept an offer of £32m for the player, which is the figure they have told Arsenal to meet.
Of course, money will need to be spent to secure a replacement, but capable Championship keepers are available for modest fees in comparison. Then, new boss Slavisa Jokanovic should be backed with all the funds Ramsdale would bring in to make his own mark on the squad.
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The Serbian boss built a stylish, classy team at Fulham and he can do the same with the Blades. Even though he is inheriting a strong squad already, it’s clear that new additions are needed in key positions.
However, in the current climate, clubs simply aren’t spending. Like most, Sheffield United have been impacted by Covid and a significant budget just isn’t going to be available to Jokanovic.
Yet, selling Ramsdale for £32m could ensure several very good players can be brought in without a positive net spend in this window.
Generally, this is a market that is perfect for buying players. Many clubs, particularly abroad, are desperate to raise funds so it’s the time to buy if you can.
With Jokanovic a boss that has connections all over the world, he will have plenty of players who he will feel can thrive in the Championship and £32m would go a very long way right now – more than it ever has before.
Ultimately, losing Ramsdale would be a blow, but the club are preparing for a new era under Jokanovic and if he is allowed to reinvest all that money into the team, Sheffield United could be big winners in the long run.
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