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Arsenal make Aaron Ramsdale shock transfer target with £20m Sheffield United keeper potential Bernd Leno replacement

AARON RAMSDALE is a shock target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

The Sheffield United keeper, 23, was yesterday called up into the England 2020 squad as a replacement for injured Dean Henderson.

Arsenal are eyeing up a move for £20m-rated Sheff Utd stopper Aaron Ramsdale
Mikel Arteta wants to sort out a new goalkeeper quickly with Bernd Leno on his way out

And Ramsdale is a surprise name on Arsenal’s summer wanted list.

However, the recently-relegated Blades want around £20million for their star stopper.

Emirates boss Arteta has a major goalkeeper issue with the future of Bernd Leno unclear as he could be returning to Germany.

Brighton’s Mat Ryan spent the second half of last season on loan in North London but looks unlikely to return to Arsenal.

Ramsdale suffered a tough season with Sheff Utd so his call-up by Southgate is a massive boost.

He returned to his old club last summer in a £20m move from Bournemouth so United would want to recoup that cash.

The goalkeeper arrived at Bramall Lane as a replacement for Henderson who returned to his parent club Manchester United.

And now, he has come in to the England fold for Henderson who has struggled with a hip problem.


Ramsdale said: “While I’m delighted to be joining back up with England, my immediate thoughts are with Deano as I know how much it meant to him to be involved.

“I have now been given the honour and to be involved in a major tournament is what dreams are made of.

“This is a special moment for me and my family.”

Ramsdale, who was in England’s initial 33-man squad, will be one of three goalkeepers involved in the set-up.

The goalkeeper – who was also part of England Under-21s Euros squad in March – will be behind Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone of West Brom.

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