Arsenal will allow a team member to leave the club once it has confirmed a new £ 26 million signing, according to reports.
The Gunners have already upgraded their roster with the signings of Brighton’s Ben White, Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and defensive star Nuno Tavares. Those three players cost them around £ 77 million in total.
But after his opening day loss to Brentford, it seems Mikel Arteta is eager for more newcomers.
The last position they aim for is goalkeeper, and more specifically Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United.
Reports Wednesday night I affirm that Arsenal they came close to reaching a £ 26 million deal with the Blades.
That fee represents a reduction of £ 14 million on Sheff Utd’s original sales price. The Yorkshire club was initially unwilling to sell, but has since changed its mind.
According to Sky sports, Ramsdale’s arrival could see Icelandic closer Alex Runarsson leave the Emirates.
He was only brought to the club in September last year, but went through a troubled campaign.
His only appearance in the Carabao Cup received much criticism. The 26-year-old conceded four goals when Arsenal were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Manchester City.
Arteta never seemed to trust Runarsson and gave him only one Premier League appearance, in a February 2-1 loss to Wolves.
Such was their bad reputation that the Gunners signed Australia’s number one, Mat Ryan, on loan from Brighton in January.
He was immediately appointed Bernd Leno’s endorsement in North London.
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Sky sports it does not indicate whether Runarsson’s departure would be a loan or a permanent transfer.
The goalkeeper exposed his career with KR Reykjavik in his native Iceland. He was signed by Danish team Nordsjaelland in 2014 and went on to appear in 62 games for the club.
French Dijon gave him the opportunity to impress at a higher level when they secured his signature in 2018.
He played 45 times for Dijon before Arsenal called him up towards the start of last season.
Pundit criticizes Arsenal recruitment
Sky sports Expert Paul Merson has given his opinion on Arsenal’s decision to allow talented midfielder Joe Willock to join Newcastle.
The former gunner said: “It’s worrying at Arsenal. You’re still thinking, ‘Where are they going?’ Edu has come in and recruiting has been weak, if I’m honest.
“I remember years ago in football, coaches were judged for signings. Sometimes I think that Arteta is left behind, and I’m not sure how much he can have a say in all this.
“Why would you let Joe Willock go? I’m not saying he’s the answer, but he’s been through the club and is going for £ 25 million. That amount of money is not going to change Arsenal ”.
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