Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Negotiations between the two clubs had seemed to break down irretrievably last week, after the Gummers had seen two bids for the 23-year old rejected.
The Premier League club had made it clear they were not prepared to go higher and that unless United dropped their valuation of the player the deal was off.
However, representatives of United reached out to Arsenal, and intimated they were ready to compromise on price, and now an initial fee of £24 million has been agreed. That could rise eventually to £30 million with add-ons, which are dependent on Ramsdale eventually becoming the number one goalkeeper at the Emirates.
Already new Blades’ boss Slaviša Jokanović has admitted that when he took the job, he was aware that Ramsdale was one of two players, along with midfielder Sander Berge, who could be sold without his permission.
There are now hopes that Ramsdale can be registered in time for the Arsenal squad to face Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.