£50 million Arsenal standout set for January transfer to Premier League rivals

A report suggests that Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is considering a move to Newcastle United in January to replace the injured Nick Pope. Pope is expected to be out of action for up to five months due to a shoulder injury. It is unclear whether Newcastle would pursue a permanent or loan deal for Ramsdale, with the Gunners possibly demanding around £50 million for his services. Ramsdale wants to maintain his chances of representing England in Euro 2024, and his lack of game time at Arsenal is a concern. The 25-year-old has seen limited action this season, appearing in eight matches across competitions and keeping three clean sheets. Ramsdale, who has three years left on his contract at Arsenal, joined the club from Sheffield United in 2021 for £30 million.

Furthermore, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Arsenal have made the decision to permanently sign David Raya from Brentford. Raya, who joined the Gunners on loan in the summer, has quickly become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, keeping seven clean sheets in 14 games. As a result, he has displaced Ramsdale and looks set to become Arsenal’s long-term shot-stopper. Raya, who was unable to play against Brentford due to Premier League rules, has also represented his native Spain on the international stage.

Despite Raya’s impressive performances, concerns have been raised about his confidence in certain matches, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has defended him. Raya, who kept 12 clean sheets in 39 games for Brentford last season, is seen as the future of the Gunners’ goalkeeping department.