Arsenal has signed Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to a long-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Friday.
According to British media, the 23-year-old was offered a four-year contract for a cost of 24 million pounds ($32.70 million).
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was interested in the former England Under-21 international, but the London club was first put off by Sheffield United’s high asking price of 40 million pounds ($54.50 million).
“Arsenal made many proposals, but the club turned them down, expressing a wish to keep Ramsdale at Bramall Lane indefinitely. However, negotiations with the player and his advisors earlier this week revealed his desire to advance his career outside of S2 “Sheffield United released a statement on the matter.
“Arsenal also came back with a stronger, more eye-catching offer. Accepting a club record was thought to be the best option “Added the statement.
Ramsdale, who joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth in August 2020, appeared in all 38 league games last season, keeping five clean sheets in the process.
At Bramall Lane, he was crowned Player of the Year, but he was unable to prevent the team from being demoted to the Championship’s second division.
With Ramsdale’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium, second-choice goalkeeper Alex Runarsson, who was bought from Dijon in France last year, is expected to leave the club.
Arsenal hosts Chelsea on Sunday after losing to Brentford in their Premier League opener last week.