Aaron Ramsdale set to reiterate he has no intention of leaving Sheffield United, despite Premier League interest
Aaron Ramsdale will reiterate his desire to remain with Sheffield United next season, dispute seeing his valuation soar to more than double the £18.5m the club paid to re-sign him from AFC Bournemouth a year ago.
After being called-up for a training camp by England ahead of the European Championships, officials at Bramall Lane estimate the goalkeeper could now command a £40m fee on the open transfer market.
Although playing second tier football next term will not help his international ambitions, Ramsdale will again inform United he has no intention of moving on should they receive an offer for his services. Instead, with Slavisa Jokanovic set to take charge when his contract with Qatari club Al-Gharafa expires, the 21-year-old would prefer to help United regain their top-flight status - believing the Serb is the right man to lead them back into the top-flight.
Despite making a chequered start to his second spell with United, Ramsdale, who progressed through their youth system before heading to the south coast,finished the previous campaign in style - a fact recognised by Gareth Southgate when he selected him in his provisional squad for this summer’s tournament.
Although he failed to make the final cut, Ramsdale was told he will continue to be monitored by Southgate and his coaching staff after being capped 15 times at under-21 level where he worked alongside United team mate Rhian Brewster.
"No matter what happens in the coming weeks, I’m so honoured to be called into the provisional squad,” Ramsdale admitted on social media, after receiving news of his call-up.
Despite being criticised for lavishing so much on a player United sold for around £1m, Ramsdale’s soaring reputation within the game vindicates former manager Chris Wilder’s decision to bring him back to the club where he started his professional career.
Ramsdale is said to interest Tottenham Hotspur, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are also thought to be monitoring his situation closely. Centre-forward Oli McBurnie is another United player linked with Wolves in recent weeks. However, it is still unclear if Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure means they will now pursue other options instead.