Arsenal are apparently preparing a £30 million move for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, leaving fans baffled as to why Emiliano Martinez was sold last summer.
Mikel Arteta is looking for a new backup goalkeeper after letting Martinez to join Aston Villa for £17 million at the end of the 2019/20 season, despite the Argentine playing a major role in their FA Cup triumph.
Runar Alex Runarsson was brought in to play as Bernd Leno's backup goalkeeper, but after a pair of costly errors in their League Cup loss to Manchester City, he struggled to find first-team appearances.
Mat Ryan came in on loan from Brighton in the second half of the season, but the Emirates chose not to sign him permanently.
Arsenal are still looking for a backup goalkeeper, according to talkSPORT, and are likely to make a £30 million deal for Ramsdale.
The 23-year-old has struggled in his only two Premier League seasons, failing to save Bournemouth from relegation in 2019/20 and then suffering the same fate with Sheffield United the previous season.
While Martinez has plenty of time to evolve and progress as a goalkeeper, fans couldn't help but question Arsenal's choice to trade Martinez, who maintained the third most clean sheets in the English Premier League last season, and pay nearly double the transfer fee for Ramsdale.
One wrote on Twitter: "Imagine selling Martinez for £17m and then buying Ramsdale the next season for £30m. Only @Arsenal could do something so brain dead".
Another commented: "Sold their best goalkeeper to Aston Villa and then bid £30m for Ramsdale.... Arsenal somehow continue to out banter Tottenham".
A third put: "Arsenal selling Emi Martinez for £17m to buy Aaron Ramsdale for £30m could be the worst piece of business ever if it happens".
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