Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic says he wouldn’t sell goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for £100 million but accepts his club’s owners may have other ideas.
Arsenal are known to have been in talks with the Blades this summer about a possible deal for the England international but the two clubs have reached an impasse in negotiations.
Last week, The Athletic reported that the Gunners, having had an offer rebuffed, were ready to look elsewhere for competition for Bernd Leno.
Ramsdale has featured in both of Sheffield United’s league games so far but was left out of the EFL Cup defeat to Carlisle ensuring he’s not cup tied for the competition.
Facing the press today, Jokanovic, admitted that Ramsdale’s head has been turned by Arsenal’s interests but warned that it’ll take big money to prise him away from Bramall Lane.
“I can understand that there is interest in him, as one of the most talented English players,” Jokanovic said.
“But because he’s one of the best players in the league, his price is really high. It’s natural that he wants to be a Premier League player.
“I am talking with him and he believes it can be a good move for himself, but it’s not a bad thing for him if he stays with us.
“In the end it is the decision of Arsenal. If they want him, they need to spend a lot of money. It can happen, but it is something I don’t want. If you ask me if I want to sell him for £100m, I say no.
“But I can understand the business side of both clubs and of Aaron too. He understands very well what I want. I’m not the guy who wants to sell him for any price. If Arsenal want to offer £100m and it was up to me, I’d say no. But I must be responsible and prudent for the club too.”