Aaron Ramsdale: Sheffield United omits goalkeeper from day’s call-up with Arsenal transfer close

Aaron Ramsdale: Sheffield United omits goalkeeper from day’s call-up with Arsenal transfer close

The England goalkeeper was absent from Slavisa Jokanovic’s Matchday 18 for Wednesday night’s high-profile championship clash at The Hawthorns, with Dutch substitute Michael Verrips making his first league start for the Blades and Wes Foderingham in the bench.

Ramsdale’s omission comes in the wake of new reports that Arsenal are about to finalize a deal with Sheffield United on their signing.

According to The Athletic, the Gunners will pay an initial £ 24 million plus an additional £ 6 million in add-ons to Ramsdale, who will be offered a four-year contract that includes the option for an additional 12 months.

“We feel like he’s not ready for tonight’s game,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports before Wednesday’s game. “We made the decision not to use it.”

When asked if a move was coming, he added: “He’s just not in the right frame of mind and we prefer not to complicate things.”

Former Brighton loan officer Mat Ryan joined LaLiga’s Real Sociedad in July, while Icelandic international Alex Runarsson has failed to impress since arriving from Dijon last summer.

Karl Hein, 19, was on the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Brentford on Friday night, while his teenage partner Arthur Okonkwo was also promoted to the first team squad.

Ramsdale meanwhile returned to childhood club Sheffield United from Bournemouth in a £ 18.5 million deal last summer, appearing in all 38 league games during the 2020/21 campaign, but not avoiding successive relegations in the top flight.

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