Former Blue tells Chelsea to sign 25-year-old out-of-favour Arsenal man

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Mark Schwarzer has urged Chelsea to make a move to sign Arsenal goalie, Aaron Ramsdale, as he would be an immediate upgrade on Robert Sanchez and Djordje Petrovic.

Ramsdale joined the Gunners in the summer of 2022, and was instrumental to their charge for the Premier League title last season.

It has however been a different story for the 25-year-old this term, as he’s now being relegated to the bench with the arrival of David Raya from Brentford last summer.

Ramsdale is now said to be eager to secure a transfer to another club where he’ll play regularly, with the 2024 European Championship coming up soon.

The England shot stopper is reportedly valued at £50m, and Schwarzer believes it would be a good piece of business for his former side, Chelsea.

Speaking about Ramsdale’s situation with Optus Sport, he said: “It’s a bit of a headscratcher to me, because he’s a top-quality goalkeeper who is good with his feet, great on his line and who can command his 18-yard box with ease.

“And yet his time at the Emirates is up and he must leave for the good of his own career, his wellbeing and his quality. He needs to be playing week in, week out. He’s far too good to be sitting on the bench as a bit-part player at Arsenal.

“For me, there’s an obvious destination, too.

“For all the money Chelsea have spent on new players, their goalkeeping department is not up to scratch and their current situation proves it. Robert Sanchez is out injured, meaning an inexperienced Djordje Petrovic, who is talented, is between the sticks. Even with a fit Sanchez back, Ramsdale supersedes both of them.

“Sanchez, their current No.1, is not at Ramsdale’s level. Yes, he’s very good with the ball in his hands and his distribution from his hands is good – but with the ball at his feet, he is questionable. In fact, I don’t think his overall goalkeeping quality is that of international standard. Chelsea need a top-class goalkeeper and currently I don’t believe they have one.

“Ramsdale would suit Chelsea well and while solving their goalkeeper problem, he would also fill the leadership vacuum the club currently has.”