Date: 15th August 2020 at 12:56pm
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Sheffield United have taken a week since their first bid for AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was rejected, but the Blades have now followed up with their expected second bid which has been accepted by the Cherries.

Sheffield United’s opening bid was reportedly £12million, their second and successful bid, is according to Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam and BBC Radio Solent’s Kris Temple is for a net fee of £18.5million.

The net figure is due to the fact that AFC Bournemouth originally purchased Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in January 2017 as an 18-year-old, for just £800,000. He has since enjoyed a loan spell with third-tier side AFC Wimbledon, before being named as the Cherries number one ‘keeper for the 2019/20 season.

That original deal included a 15% sell-on clause, which according to Mark McAdam makes the current deal “effectively worth in excess of £21million”.

Personal terms between Ramsdale and Sheffield United are yet to be completed.

Earlier this week Aaron Ramsdale won the AFC Bournemouth supporters player of the year award for his debut season in the top flight of English football.

Ramsdale played all but one Premier League game last season, the one game he missed he chose to watch the game with the Dean Court faithful with a seat in the North stand amongst the supporters.

Ramsdale had a whoscored rating of 6.69 last season and was ranked third for most saves last season with 129.

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northstandmark wrote…

That is very disappointing and does not back up AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin’s statement of 3 weeks back. There’s plenty of sellable players but to be losing one of the gems already is a blow. Not a great price either for me.

Perhaps other assumed sales haven’t materialised?

kirsikka wrote…

I previously said that I thought a bid of £25m, which I believed would mean after the Sheff Utd sell on discount, a £20m take home for us (got the discount figures wrong) would be one I thought we should accept. So a deal that leaves us with £18.5m is close enough that I can go with that.

For a keeper that this time last year was fighting it out with three others to be our number one that’s a huge profit.

Let’s hope Travers has the gumption to step up and lay claim to that place. He has a golden opportunity now when previously it looked like he might be frozen out for a long time.

As for how this tallies with Max’s statement, well every player has their price even if you’re Real Madrid. There’s good money for us there. There’s a good player there for Sheff Utd, although not one without risk. – Join the conversation, click here.

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