Premier League Keepers Aaron Ramsdale and David de Gea Eye January Move to Newcastle United
In Saturday night’s 1-0 Premier League victory at home against Man United, first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope dislocated his shoulder, dealing the Magpies a serious physical blow.
Pope will see a specialist this week to determine the extent of his injury, but it’s expected that the 31-year-old will be sidelined for four to five months.
In addition to Sven Botman (knee), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Joe Willock (achilles), Sean Longstaff (ankle), Callum Wilson, Matt Targett (both hamstring), Elliot Anderson, Dan Burn (both back), Harvey Barnes (foot), and Javi Manquillo (groin), Newcastle’s injury list continues to grow with the addition of the England international.
In the near future, Martin Dubravka is anticipated to step in for Pope, while Eddie Howe also has backup alternatives in Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie.
But according to a new source, Newcastle is considering a number of options, including free agent De Gea. The Magpies are reportedly drawn to the Spaniard because of his quick availability.
De Gea reportedly made an offer to play for Newcastle, and Ramsdale of Arsenal is considering a move to St James’ Park in the New Year, according to talkSPORT.
According to the article, Ramsdale is valued by Arsenal at over £50 million, so a move for him seems less likely than a move for De Gea, who is seen to be a more inexpensive alternative.
However, Newcastle is reportedly unwilling to spend a significant amount of money on a new goalkeeper.
After 12 years at Old Trafford, De Gea said goodbye to Manchester United last summer when the Red Devils decided not to renew his £375,000-per-week contract.
The 33-year-old maintained 190 clean sheets in 545 appearances in all competitions and won five trophies during his time at Man United.
He also received several individual awards, including two Premier League Golden Gloves after winning the title with 17 clean sheets in the previous season.
De Gea has, however, had difficulty finding a new squad amid rumours of interest from Saudi Arabian teams and Real Betis, among others.
De Gea is rumoured to be open to joining Newcastle, but in order to fit into the team’s financial structure, the Spaniard would have to take a substantial pay cut.
Meanwhile, since Brentford’s David Raya arrived to Arsenal in the summer on a temporary loan, Ramsdale has lost favour with head coach Mikel Arteta.
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Although the 25-year-old was unquestionably Arsenal’s best player last season, he has only started one of the team’s last 10 Premier League games, which has raised questions about his long-term future at the organisation.
In order to guarantee a spot on the plane to Germany the following summer, Ramsdale would prefer to play frequently at the greatest level. He is in danger of losing his spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of Euro 2024.
According to a recent rumour, Arsenal is not actively seeking to part ways with Ramsdale in January, but they would be willing to let him go in the summer of 2024.