David Ornstein Confirms Arsenal Have Had Opening Bid “Rejected” For Ex-Academy Player

Arsenal have had an offer “rejected” by Wolves for goalkeeper Dan Bentley, according to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein.

The trusted journalist says that the Gunners’ opening bid fell “considerably short” of the 30-year-old’s asking price, with Wolves keen to raise a decent amount of money from his sale, which they can reinvest in the squad.

Bentley is not being targeted as Aaron Ramsdale’s replacement. He would be the London club’s third keeper, with it being reported that his character is one of the reasons why he has been pursued, in addition to his goalkeeping ability.

Ornstein does not say whether Arsenal will go in with another offer. There seems to be a sizeable gap between the two team’s valuation of the player currently.

What do Arsenal fans need to know about Bentley?

The shot-stopper actually started his career at the Hale End Academy. However, he didn’t make his first-team debut before leaving for Southend United on a free transfer in 2009.

Bentley went on to make 160 appearances for The Shrimpers prior to joining Brentford in 2016. He was the Bees’ first-choice keeper for three seasons until 2019 when he was snapped up by Bristol City.

At the start of last year, the goalkeeper made the switch to Molineux for a nominal fee, providing backup for No.1 Jose Sa.

The club are also pursuing a replacement for Ramsdale

Although Arsenal’s no.2 has not found a new club yet, there is still an assumption that the 26-year-old will leave the Emirates before the end of the transfer window.

With that being the case, the Gunners have already made enquiries for the likes of Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin. However, it is believed that the top target is Espanyol’s Joan Garcia.

The Spaniard has a €25m (£21m) release clause in his contract, making him an attainable target for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.