Nottingham Forest have made an enquiry for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to The Athletic reporter Daniel Taylor.
The journalist claims that Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have “asked about” the England international’s availability as they seek a new No.1:
#NFFC goalkeeper hunt 🚨🧤
Bid for Koen Casteels at Wolfsburg last week. Asked about Aaron Ramsdale, Caoimhin Kelleher and tried twice for Sam Johnstone.
Rui Silva at Real Betis also approached. Latest is Matz Sels at Strasbourg but still other options https://t.co/4NiocDIGY0
— Daniel Taylor (@DTathletic) February 1, 2024
Ramsdale lost his place to David Raya after the Spaniard arrived from Brentford at the start of the campaign.
However, manager Mikel Arteta is believed to be keen on keeping the 25-year-old at the Emirates as he wants to have two top-quality shot-stoppers in his first-team squad.
Will Ramsdale leave Arsenal?
From the sound of things, Forest’s approach was immediately rebuffed so it seems unlikely that the former Bournemouth and Sheffield United player will leave before the transfer window shuts.
In terms of the summer, that is a different question entirely. Ramsdale is unlikely to be content with sitting on the bench for another season so a transfer is expected to happen sooner rather than later.
Where could the keeper move to?
When Ramsdale was dropped back in September, both Chelsea and Newcastle were linked with the keeper. However, neither are reportedly in the market for a new No.1 at this moment.
The Blues are said to be happy with their current options, Djordje Petrovic and Robert Sanchez, while the Magpies should have Nick Pope back fit and available by the summer.
It has been claimed that, if Arsenal do consider selling Ramsdale in the future, they would demand at least £60m. Currently, it doesn’t appear any team will come close to matching that valuation.