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Arsenal reportedly eyeing up two members of England’s Euro 2020 squad

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The Gunners are keen to boost their goalkeeping options.

Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Sam Johnstone from West Bromwich Albion if they can’t agree a deal for Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.

Both goalkeepers are currently providing back-up to Jordan Pickford in England’s Euro 2020 squad and the pair are being considered as options between the sticks at the Emirates Stadium, according to The Star.

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Arsenal could save a cool £5 million by opting for Sam Johnstone.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to bring in competition for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with deputy Mat Ryan returning to Brighton & Hove Albion after a loan spell in North London finished at the end of the season.

Both Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale were relegated from the Premier League at the end of 2020/21, with West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United respectively.

The Blades are said to be asking for a fee in excess of £25 million for Ramsdale but The Baggies will reportedly take €20 million for Johnstone, making him the more sensible option for those in the Emirates finance department.

Arteta is already planning for the new campaign, with a deal for Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares thought to be close.

 

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Both goalkeepers are on England duty.

Sam Johnstone was picked in Gareth Southgate’s initial England Euro 2020 squad, as part of a goalkeeping department that also included Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Dean Henderson of Manchester United.

Aaron Ramsdale was drafted in on June 15th after Henderson withdrew from the tournament due to a hip injury. Both goalkeepers have watched from the bench as Pickford has kept five clean sheets during England’s run to the semi-final.

28-year-old Johnstone has one international cap to his name, making his debut in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly against Romania. Ramsdale, who is 23, remains uncapped at senior level.

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