Newcastle lead race for Aaron Ramsdale

Newcastle United are deemed favourites to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Independent suggests that Ramsdale is eager for regular playing time, especially after falling behind David Raya in Arsenal’s goalkeeping hierarchy following Raya’s arrival last summer.

Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring in Raya has left Ramsdale contemplating his future at the Emirates, with Newcastle emerging as a potential destination. Eddie Howe’s side has been linked with Ramsdale since January, initially as a replacement for the injured Nick Pope. The prospect of becoming Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper could be enticing for Ramsdale, who is keen on establishing himself both at the club and international levels.

Ramsdale’s limited game time this season has impacted his chances of featuring in England’s Euro squad, making a move to Newcastle, where he could secure regular starts, a logical choice. However, competition for his signature exists, including interest from overseas clubs.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are considering homegrown options to replace Ramsdale, with Sunderland’s Anthony Patterson and Brighton’s Jason Steele among the names mentioned. Steele, in particular, could serve as a suitable backup to Raya but may question the role’s appeal given Ramsdale’s reduced minutes this season.

As negotiations unfold, Ramsdale’s future at the North London club and Newcastle’s pursuit of a reliable goalkeeper promise an intriguing storyline in the upcoming transfer window.

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