Arsenal to submit offer as Edu works on securing 4th summer signing

By on August 6, 2021

According to football.london, Arsenal director Edu is focusing his efforts on signing a new goalkeeper with the club lining-up a fresh bid for Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale.

Mikel Arteta has already snapped-up centre-back Ben White in a £50m deal from Brighton while highly-rated youngsters Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares have also arrived from Anderlecht and Benfica respectively.

Despite the three signings, Arsenal are expected to be very busy during the final weeks of the transfer window with a number of positions needing strengthened. We desperately need another No.10 while a new right-back and striker could also be on the agenda if the likes of Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette are sold.

However, football.london says Arsenal’s main priority is to sign another goalkeeper to compete with Bernd Leno next season and Edu is set to intensify that search over the coming days as we look to bring in a number two.

Leno has just two years left on his contract and is not close to signing an extension so there’s a very real possibility the German will be sold next summer. Therefore, any keeper who arrives this month will need to act as back-up before potentially taking over from Leno in a years time.

We’ve been linked with Andre Onana but football.london suggests that the Ajax stopper was only considered as a replacement for Leno – had he left this summer – and Arsenal ideally want to bring in a home-grown goalkeeper to help fill our quota.

Ramsdale No.1 target

The report says that while West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Freddie Woodman of Newcastle have been linked, it’s Ramsdale who’s our top target and Arsenal are set to submit another offer for the 23-year-old.

We’ve seen bids rejected by Sheffield United last month but are ready to test their resolve with another offer – although football.london says it won’t be near the £30m that’s been reported in other media outlets.

We’ll have to wait for more news to emerge when we submit the new offer but Arsenal may need to act fast if we want to sign Ramsdale and prevent him from being cup-tied in the Carabao Cup next season.

Sheffield United play Carlisle in the first round next Tuesday and should Ramsdale feature, he’d be ineligible to play for Arsenal in that competition if he moves to the Emirates. Given he’d be joining as back-up to Leno, Ramsdale would get the majority of his games in the domestic cups since Arsenal aren’t in Europe.

So it would be a big blow if the England U21 international was to play for Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup next week and it could even force Arsenal to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new goalkeeper.

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