Arsenal have been handed a potential transfer boost in their pursuit of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, as the keeper was left out of their squad for their Carabao Cup first-round tie.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship, with Edu keen on signing an extra goalkeeper to add to Mikel Arteta’s squad ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season that would double as a homegrown player.
football.london understands that the Gunners intend to submit another bid for the England Under-21 international this summer, although this is unlikely to be near the £30million fee that has been reported.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s current shot-stopper featured in the 1-0 weekend defeat to Birmingham City in the opening round of Championship games, but the manager’s latest decision has confirmed that something may be going on behind the scenes with the north Londoners.
Ramsdale has been excluded from the 18-man squad for the Blades’ encounter in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night against League Two side Carlisle United.
With Arteta’s current method of playing the second-choice keeper in all cup games, football.london understands that Arsenal are understandably keen that any keeper coming into the team is not cup-tied.
This hint of the Blades’ current No.1 being left out of the squad entirely could suggest that the Gunners are close to confirming their fourth summer acquisition of this transfer window.
Amid all the transfer talk surrounding the 23-year-old, John Egan has already praised the professionalism and attitude that his teammate has shown during these uncertain times.
“There has been speculation with a few of the lads in the summer but their attitude has been very professional and it’s been very enthusiastic to see that, too,” Egan said.
“Sometimes players can get linked with places and they might look a bit moody, but everyone here, including those two players, their attitude has been fantastic and their application and dedication in training, especially when we have a lot of younger lads with us, for them to see that they are a credit to themselves.
“Whenever they are chosen to play I am sure they will put in good performances.”
The ex-Premier League goalkeeper made a total of 42 appearances in all competitions for the Sheffield-based club in the last campaign, conceding a total of 68 goals and only keeping six clean sheets in the process.