Arsenal have made Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale a shock transfer target this summer, reports claim. The Blades No 1 sealed his return to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth last August for a fee of £18.5million after the on-loan Dean Henderson headed back to Manchester United.
But things did not go entirely to plan for Ramsdale, who was relegated for the second successive season.
Sheffield United finished bottom of the pile just a year on from their impressive ninth-placed finish on their return to the top-flight.
However, Ramsdale’s stock remains high despite the number of goals he let in last season.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are now eyeing a £20million swoop for the England international.
The Gunners also remain open to the idea of signing Maty Ryan from Brighton permanently as competition for the No 1 spot.
Speaking back in April, Leno conceded that he’d be interested in a new challenge should the opportunity arise.
“Not yet and at the moment it’s not the time to speak about the future,” he said when asked if any discussions over a new contract had taken place.
“I know that I still have two years left on my contract and I’m also 29. For a goalkeeper, that’s not too old. I’ve still got some years to go.
“I’m very happy at the club. I don’t know what will come in the future, but I’m open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal.
“Like I said, I don’t think about my future because two years is a long time. At the moment there are no conversations with the club or anything else.”
Arsenal are keen to learn from their mistakes of the past as Edu looks to ensure they receive fees when selling players.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez all left the club for nothing and now the club will consider selling anyone who has just two years remaining on their contracts.