Arsenal sent counter-offer after two Aaron Ramsdale bids rejected by Sheffield United

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Arsenal have been told they must pay £32million to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United this summer. Mikel Arteta wants to bring in the 23-year-old to rival Bernd Leno for the No 1 shirt in north London but negotiations are not proving to be straightforward.

Arsenal first made their interest known several weeks ago when Ramsdale replaced Dean Henderson in the England squad for Euro 2020.

The former Bournemouth man enjoyed an unforgettable summer with the Three Lions despite not featuring at the tournament but his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s ranks has now seen his stock rise.

Ramsdale only made the move back north to Yorkshire last summer when he was snapped up from Bournemouth for £18.5million.

Now he could be on the move again with Arsenal determined to strike a deal for the Blades goalkeeper.

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According to The Times, Arsenal have already seen two bids rebuffed by Sheffield United, who are continuing to dig their heels into the ground.

It’s claimed they have now responded with a counter-offer, requesting £32million to make the deal happen.

Ramsdale is currently enjoying some downtime but his future is expected to be resolved in the coming weeks.

Express Sport reported earlier this week that Bournemouth do in fact have a sell-on clause for the player.

It will see them net a small percentage of any future sale, which is why Bournemouth are determined to hold out for £32m.

Arsenal are currently cautious that Leno only has two years remaining on his deal at the Emirates.

Earlier this year, he outlined his desire to move onto a new challenge should the opportunity arise.

There has been little interest in the German however and now Arsenal want to increase the competition in their goalkeeping department.

Runar Alex Runarsson is expected to leave the club and there has been interest from Altay in Turkey.

Arsenal were left to lick their wounds after sanctioning the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.

The Argentine was amongst the best goalkeepers in the Premier League last season and he helped his country win the Copa America by saving three penalties in the shootout triumph over Brazil.

Young goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is expected to step up to be third-choice after signing a new contract, despite his howler in the pre-season defeat to Hibs.

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