Arsene Wenger could pull off a £6 million masterstroke in the transfer market this summer.
Ruddy is valued at £6 million and an obvious candidate to replace Lukasz Fabianski, following Norwich’s relegation back down to the Championship after an appalling Premier League season.
Ruddy was one of the club’s most consistent players but the Daily Mail has reported that Arsenal have already been told he’s available ahead of the next Premier League campaign.
“The Gunners have been alerted to Ruddy's potential availability ahead of next season and Sportsmailunderstands there is a strong willingness from the Emirates Stadium to pursue a move for the England international,” writes Sami Mokbel for the national daily.
Arsenal were linked with Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall at the start of this week, but the idea of a move seems to have died quickly due to the £15 million asking price Cardiff are reportedly demanding.
For just over a third of the cost, Wenger can snap up an extremely talented goalkeeper, with Premier League and international experience who can seriously challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one role next season.
The problem Ruddy faces is that he’ll have to accept that any move to Arsenal is likely to mean that he’d start the season behind Szczesny, as the number two, needing to work hard to force his way into the team.
Although Norwich were relegated, Ruddy’s performances kept him in and around the England side and he may be wary that he could lose that international status if he doesn’t start games.
Arsenal can boast the prospect of Champions League football and the fact that Ruddy will enjoy better terms than if he stays with Norwich in the second flight of English football.
However, it’s a big ask for Ruddy to move from a guaranteed number one role, even if that is in the Championship, to a side where he may not get a chance next season unless Szczesny makes routine errors before the inevitable rotation that comes with domestic cup games.