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Today, TalkSport are reporting that we’re set to bid £30m for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
While Arsenal’s interest in the 23 is genuine, this isn’t a particularly reliable source, and no club in our financial situation can spend that much money on a number 2 keeper.
Unless, of course, he’s not being signed as a number 2 😳 …
£30m is still a lot of money for a player who, despite having potential, has been a bit underwhelming despite being named Sheffield United player of the year last season (to be fair, this is like choosing the least worst member of Maroon 5).
Via Sport Witness comes a report from an Italian site which says that the Brazilian has no offers to leave this summer and, because of his £7.5m annual salary, is a ‘prisoner’ for the next two years.
Tough gig all right. I’d like to be that kind of prisoner. Held captive at a five star resort, waited on hand and foot, paid millions to do the square root of sweet feck all beyond eating as much Mr Kipling as you can lash down your gullet.
We suspect they don’t really know the meaning of the word prisoner, even if they’re just trying to say that Arsenal handing a 32 year old a deal worth £150,000 a week (it could even be more), was one of the stupidest things of all time because literally nobody else on earth is willing to match it and take him off our hands.
The 23 year old made it fairly clear earlier in the summer he was open to leaving the club, talking to the Telegraph about his future and saying, “If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye.
“It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that. Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.”
The BBC report interest in him from Leicester, Southampton and Burnley – and the first two were teams who tried to take him on loan in January.
In a summer in which we need to sell, Maitland-Niles – with over 100 Arsenal appearances, an FA Cup winners medal and England caps to his name – represents a chance to cash in on an Academy graduate. Having seen Chelsea sell Marc Guehi – who made just 2 appearances for them – to Crystal Palace for £18m, we should be able to convince one of the sides interested in Maitland-Niles to take him on loan for seven years, eventually paying us in BrenCoin, the cryptocurrency with shark teeth and pictures of itself outside its own kleenex-littered bathroom.
We’ve been linked throughout the summer with the Portuguese international whose agent Jorge Mendes has been reportedly wooed by Edu for some time.
Again via TalkSport, a report that we’re losing the race to Man Utd. Are we even racing though? Neves feels like the kind of signing we could have made weeks ago if we’d really wanted. Maybe we’re waiting for Manuel Locatelli to make it super-duper-mega-clear his preference is Juventus, but maybe we’re just really slow and can’t take a hint.
The links to the Chelsea striker feel a bit spurious, but at the same time they would make some sense. Aubameyang is 32, Lacazette is in the last year of his contract, and beyond that we have a pair of 19 year olds in Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli as back-ups (assuming Eddie Nketiah will be going too).
Abraham is 23, seemingly on the outs with Tommy Tickles, and with 90 senior goals to his name at Chelsea as well as loan spells at Swansea, Bristol City and Aston Villa, he has some striking pedigree.
There’s talk of a £40m fee; also talk of a loan move with an obligation to buy; and although it seems unlikely, we have a feeling in our waters that there might just be something to this.