Arsenal may have avoided the gaffe of paying over the odds for Aaron Ramsdale as the deal to bring the goalkeeper to the Emirates Stadium appears to have collapsed. Sheffield United were apparently demanding £30million for their stopper.
The Gunners are keen for a homegrown keeper to provide back up for Bernd Leno.
With Ramsdale suffering his second successive relegation from the Premier League, Arsenal were keen to broker a deal for the 23-year-old.
But that deal is now dead in the water according to football.london, with Arsenal baulking at the Championship side’s request for mega money.
Arsenal were apparently willing to spend £20m on Ramsdale, who has three years left on his Bramall Lane contract.
Representatives from both clubs met to thrash out an agreement on Wednesday, but United were unwilling to budge on their valuation and Arsenal pulled out of the deal that very evening.
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There are high hopes for academy graduate Arthur Okonkwo, but he is likely to remain as third-choice for the time being.
Arteta will instead scout around for a keeper who can match his criteria and be trusted to perform when called upon.
One goalie Arsenal have been linked with is Ajax’s Andre Onana.
The 25-year-old, who has 18 caps for Cameroon, came through the youth system at Barcelona before moving to Holland in 2015.
He has won the Eredivisie twice during his time with the Dutch club and also has plenty of Champions League experience.
Onana could be allowed to leave Ajax on the cheap this summer as he is currently suspended after testing positive for the banned substance furosemide last October.
The keeper was originally banned until February next year but will now be allowed to play before the end of this year after the length of his suspension was reduced.
With the start of the season just days away, Arsenal will need to act fast if they want a reliable back up for Leno this term.