Arsenal have pulled out of a deal to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after failing to agree on a fee, football.london understands.
The Gunners switched their attentions to a homegrown alternative for Bernd Leno several weeks ago, after initially making contact with the representatives of Ajax shot stopper Andre Onana.
Sheffield United value Ramsdale at around £30million and a meeting between club officials on Wednesday afternoon there was still optimism from both sides that a deal could be reached as late as 5pm on the same day.
However, Arsenal made it clear that they would not exceed the £20million fee they had offered for Ramsdale which finally saw them pull out of the deal on Wednesday evening.
Mikel Arteta’s side had two previous offers rejected for the 23 year old following his return from Euro 2020 duty with England.
They will now look to sign a different goalkeeper with Friday’s Premier League opener against Brentford likely to see Alex Runarsson take his place on the bench.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are looking to make more signings before transfer deadline day on August 31.
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A creative midfielder will be next on the list following the arrival of a goalkeeper, with both James Maddison and Martin Odegaard among the names Arsenal are interested in.
Hector Bellerin’s future remains uncertain with Arsenal yet to offer the Spaniard a new contract, while the likes of Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac could leave before the window closes.