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Ramsdale to Arsenal: Sheffield boss confirms impending transfer

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The goalkeeper was not included in the Blades squad to face West Brom on Wednesday.

Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed Aaron Ramsdale is set to join Arsenal while also insisting the club had little choice but to sanction the player’s sale.

Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Sheffield to sign Ramsdale for £24 million plus add-ons.

The Gunners had long been in pursuit of the 23-year-old, with bringing in a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Bernd Leno understood to be one of Mikel Arteta’s priorities of the summer. Ajax’s Andre Onana and FC Barcelona’s Neto were supposedly the other options.

“It’s not really what I want but it’s difficult to stop this kind of situation,” Jokanovic told BT Sport after his side’s embarrassing 4-0 Championship defeat at the hands of West Brom.

“It’s a huge deal for the club and we have been relegated from the Premier League, so it’s complicated to say no.”

The Blades boss is expecting to be able to use at least a portion of funds from Ramsdale’s sale to strengthen his squad.

“I can’t say how much we will invest but we will definitely need to invest some of this money on an improvement to the squad,” Jokanovic added.