Sheffield United head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed that Arsenal are pushing to sign Aaron Ramsdale before the transfer window closes with the goalkeeper keen to make the move.
The Gunners have made a number of bids to sign the English keeper this summer, each of which has been rejected, though they are confident their latest £28m offer will be enough to persuade United to sell.
Jokanovic does not want to lose Ramsdale – even suggesting he is worth more than £100m – but he admits he would be keen to return to the Premier League with Arsenal.
‘Right now he is a United player. At this moment there is no change,’ said the Sheffield United manager ahead of the side’s game against West Brom on Wednesday.
‘I don’t take these kinds of decisions and from when I signed the contract the club informed me two players have the possibility to leave the club. One is Aaron.
‘I can understand that there is interest in him, as one of the most talented English players.
‘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.
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‘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.’