Report: Arsenal hope big-money offer will seal deal to sign duo

By on August 5, 2021

According to The Star, Arsenal are eyeing a double swoop to sign Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge with the Gunners hoping a big-money bid for the duo will persuade Sheffield United to do business.

Mikel Arteta is in the market for a new goalkeeper as we desperately need competition for Bernd Leno. Mat Ryan was deputy while on loan during the second half of last season but he’s joined Real Sociedad while Alex Runarsson isn’t up to the job.

Leno could also be sold next summer as he has just two years left on his contract and has indicated he won’t sign an extension so ideally whoever we sign this summer will be good enough to take over as No.1 next year.

Ramsdale has been touted as a top target in recent weeks and The Star says Arsenal remain determined to sign the 23-year-old despite seeing two offers rejected by Sheffield United.

The report says Arsenal have no intention of paying their £40m asking price but are hoping a big-money offer for TWO players will be enough to tempt Sheffield United into a deal.

We’ve also been linked with Berge this summer and The Star suggests that Arsenal are now plotting a double swoop for the midfielder and Ramsdale during the closing weeks of the window.

According to the report, the Gunners hope that a large offer for both players will convince the Blades to cash-in as they need an injection of money to help balance the books following their relegation last season.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of midfielders after losing Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard and Matteo Guendouzi this summer and it looks like Berge remains a target.

The Norwegian international would be a solid signing but I still don’t think he’ll improve our starting eleven. Neither would Ramsdale for that matter, so I’d question the wisdom in spending circa £50m [as per The Sun] on two players who wouldn’t be first team regulars.

We’ve already spent over £20m on Nuno Tavares and Albert Lokonga. Both players look like great long-term signings but they won’t immediately make Arsenal’s eleven stronger so we need to focus on players who’ll command first team places.

Personally, I think we should be going all-out to sign Andre Onana as he’s available for under £7m and would be a superb goalkeeper for us. We’d then have money left to buy a top class central midfielder and/or No.10, thus improving the starting eleven.

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