Arsenal told £15m for Aaron Ramsdale is 'good business' amid Newcastle United links


Arsenal legend Manu Petit insists £15m England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale could yet be a good deal for the Gunners, with Newcastle United credited with interest.

The shot-stopper is set to join up with Gareth Southgate's England squad for next month's European Championships, but has lost his first-team place at the Emirates following the arrival of David Raya from Brentford.

That has led to speculation of a summer move for the 26-year-old, with Newcastle linked with a swoop. Eddie Howe has previous worked with Ramsdale at Bournemouth, although Nick Pope remains the club's No 1 having recently returned from injury.

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However, with Loris Karius leaving Tyneside this summer and doubts over whether Martin Dubravka would want to return to a bench role following Pope's return, the Magpies could be in the market for a keeper this summer.

Former France international Petit feels the £15m valuation is somewhat cheap for an England international, but has backed the Gunners' stance despite Ramsdale still having two years left on his current contract in north London.

"£15m for Ramsdale to Newcastle? It’s a difficult one because what is the value of a player who is sitting on the bench," Petit said. "He’s barely played for the last few seasons, but for someone with two years on his contract, £15m seems quite a small amount - especially for an England keeper.

"I think the problem is that Arsenal are not in the driving seat because they know the player wants to leave - so perhaps £15m is good business for Arsenal overall. In the transfer window, Arsenal have got it spot on in recent years so you can’t complain about that."

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