Aaron Ramsdale: David Seaman says Arsenal should sign Sheffield United's No.1 - but not at expense of Bernd Leno

David Seaman, the legendary England goalkeeper, has urged his former club Arsenal to sign Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale this summer – but not at the expense of the Gunners’ current No.1, Bernd Leno.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 12:06 pm

The Premier League club have been linked with United’s Ramsdale after he was drafted into the England squad for this summer’s European Championships, on the back of an impressive season for his club despite the Blades’ relegation to the Championship.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta – who is also interested in Ramsdale’s Bramall Lane teammate, Sander Berge – has been linked with a £20m move for Ramsdale, who is privately valued at double that by the Blades hierarchy.

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There has been talk of Leno joining the likes of Granit Xhaka and Willian in a summer clear-out at the Emirates as they react to missing out on European football for the first time in a long while.

And Seaman told Talksport: “I’d be disappointed if Leno leaves. I’m asking myself: ‘Why’s he going?’ He’s been there a long time and been pretty consistent.

“Do I think Ramsdale would be good? Yeah, he’s a quality goalkeeper – he’s in the England frame – but I’d want both of them there.

Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United has been linked with Arsenal (Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United has been linked with Arsenal (Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

“I was very disappointed when [Emi] Martinez went [to Aston Villa] as we need two quality goalkeepers at the club to test each other.

“They let him go and there was no real pressure on [Leno]. Getting other goalkeepers is good but if that’s at the price of a top international goalkeeper, I’m not too sure.”

David Seaman says Arsenal should sign Sheffield United's No.1 Aaron Ramsdale - but not at expense of Bernd Leno (Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Kia)