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Arsenal Looking to Raid Feyenoord to Replace ‘World-Class’ Star Who Nears Summer Exit

Aaron Ramsdale and Thomas Partey celebrate after winning a Premier League match against Wolves.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a new backup goalkeeper, with Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow emerging as a top candidate according to John Cross of The Mirror. As Mikel Arteta plans for the summer transfer window, the Dutchman’s potential move to North London could be pivotal for the Gunners’ squad depth.

Arsenal Interested in Justin Bijlow as Potential Aaron Ramsdale Replacement

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Justin Bijlow on Arsenal’s Radar

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is actively seeking a reliable No.2 goalkeeper, anticipating Aaron Ramsdale’s departure this summer. Bijlow, a 26-year-old Dutch international, is high on Arsenal’s shortlist. Once valued at £22 million, his current market price has dropped to around £10 million, making him an attractive option for the Gunners.

A Proven Talent with a Point to Prove

The shot-stopper has been highly regarded in the Netherlands despite a few injury setbacks. While these injuries have cost him his spot as the Dutch No.1, his talent and potential remain undeniable. Last summer, Manchester United showed interest in him but were deterred by the high asking price.

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Now, with his reduced valuation and two years left on his contract, Bijlow presents a cost-effective solution for Arsenal.

Arsenal’s Goalkeeping Dilemma

The imminent permanent signing of David Raya from Brentford, after his successful loan spell, has solidified the Spaniard as Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper. Raya, who won the Premier League Golden Glove award for most clean sheets, has proven his ability to play out from the back, aligning perfectly with Arteta’s tactical approach.

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However, with Ramsdale expected to leave, the North Londoners face the challenge of ensuring they have adequate backup. Ramsdale, who was signed from Sheffield United for a hefty price, has three years left on his contract. While a loan move is a possibility for the “world-class” star, a permanent transfer seems more likely, especially with clubs like Newcastle and Chelsea reportedly interested.

Why Bijlow Fits the Bill

Arsenal’s need for a reliable No.2 goalkeeper makes Bijlow an ideal candidate. His experience and ability to step up when needed can provide the security Arteta seeks. Furthermore, Arsenal’s decision to let Arthur Okonkwo leave and likely position Karl Hein as the third-choice keeper highlights the necessity for a strong backup.

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Bijlow, with his international pedigree and reduced transfer fee, could be the perfect fit for the Gunners. Arsenal fans will be eager to see how this transfer saga unfolds, hoping that Bijlow can bring his talent and resilience to the Emirates Stadium.


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