The North Londoners have this week been linked with a move for West Brom keeper Johnstone, with reports emerging that Mikel Arteta’s side would rival West Ham for the 28-year-old’s signature.
However, talkSPORT claims that the Gunners prefer Ramsdale over Johnstone, and are preparing to make a £30m move for the Blades keeper, aged 23.
Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £30m move for Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale
England goalkeepers Johnstone and Ramsdale have emerged as targets for a handful of top flight clubs having each starred for the Baggies and Blades respectively despite their relegation from the Premier League in 2020-21.
Arsenal are understood to be in the market for a new stopper, amid doubts surrounding current No 1 Bernd Leno.
Arteta backed the German goalkeeper over Emi Martinez last summer, sanctioning the Argentine’s sale to Aston Villa.
Yet Martinez has thrived at Villa Park while Leno made a handful of errors at crucial points last season, leaving Gunners supporters doubtful over his credentials as the No 1 moving forwards.
The Gunners are understood to be in the market for a stopper amid concerns over Bernd Leno
According to reports, Arsenal view Ramsdale (L) as their top priority over Sam Johnstone (R)
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Barcelona No 2 Neto, with the cash-strapped Spaniards in need of a financial boost this window.
The same report outlines that the Gunners have already had two bids for Ramsdale rejected, and that they are preparing a third offer and going ‘all in’ for the young keeper.
Ramsdale has made 75 top flight appearances for United and former club Bournemouth, keeping a total of 10 clean sheets in the league across two seasons.
He joined the Blades from the Cherries for £18.5m and he has three years left on his current contract.
West Ham reportedly had a £6m bid for Johnstone rejected by the Championship club this month, while the Hammers are still understood to favour a move for Alphonse Areola over the Baggies keeper.
The 23-year-old has three years remaining on his contract, having signed for £18.5m last year