Former Football.London and Goal reporter Charles Watts says he can “see” a situation where Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale leaves the club at the end of the season.
Manager Mikel Arteta dropped Ramsdale in favour of David Raya for the 1-0 win against Everton at the weekend, and Watts believes the Gunners will be looking for “big money” if they do offload the 25-year-old next summer:
“If Arsenal do decide to sell Ramsdale, and I hope it doesn’t happen, but I can just see it happening though in the summer. If they do, even Arsenal can’t not get big money for Ramsdale. An England international, just signed a new contract, one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. If Arsenal can’t get good money for Ramsdale, then we may as well just pack up and go home.”
As Watts mentions, Arsenal haven’t been great at raising funds through player sales in recent years. The most recent example being the decision to terminate the contract of former record-signing Nicolas Pepe.
However, Ramsdale still has a very good reputation and the fact that he only signed a new deal back in May means his value has also been protected.
The Arsenal star already has 2 potential suitors
In the immediate aftermath of the game against Everton, rumours were already circulating about Ramsdale’s future, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich said to be keeping tabs on the England international.
While it is thought that the Gunners are reluctant to sell the keeper at this stage, it is believed that a bid above £60m may be seriously considered.
It is a bit premature speculating about Ramsdale’s departure
It should be emphasised that Ramsdale has only been dropped for one game. Raya wasn’t really tested at Goodison Park on Sunday and he will need to prove himself in upcoming fixtures.
If the summer signing does keep his place in the side over the next few months, though, the writing could be on the wall for Ramsdale.