Aaron Ramsey looks certain to leave Arsenal in the coming months as contract talks with the Gunners have broken down.
Ramsey, the midfielder, has entered the final 12 months of his contract and he was in discussions with the club over extending his stay in north London during the summer.
However, it was reported on Thursday that talks have been ended with NO new contract now on the table.
This means he will leave the Emirates for free when his existing contract expires at the end of the season, or in January if Arsenal can find a buyer for Ramsey to ensure they make some money on the midfielder.
A host of clubs are reported to be monitoring Ramsey knowing he is on the market, but just where could the Wales international end up?
talkSPORT.com have taken a look at five teams said to be keen on Ramsey, and we have assessed them as potential destinations, below…
As the summer transfer window drew towards its close, Liverpool were linked with a shock move for Ramsey. The Wales international was said to be of interest to Jurgen Klopp due to his profile and skillset, though the Liverpool manager understood getting a deal over the line would be hard as if Ramsey signed he would be further bloating an already bloated midfield.
However, with Ramsey free to sign a pre-contract in January ahead of a transfer next summer, Klopp could reignite his interest.
Ramsey would be perfect for the most advanced position in Klopp’s midfield trio, and he already plays as if the German is his manager; he is one of the most energetic players in the Premier League, and combines excellent pressing ability with a fine return of goals and assists.
When the Ramsey to Liverpool reports emerged over the summer, former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders told talkSPORT: “I think Aaron Ramsey will make Liverpool stronger. I think he’d be a great signing for Liverpool.
“If Liverpool sign him, they definitely get stronger. What a midfield that would be – Ramsey, [Naby] Keita and Fabinho.”
Ramsey has reportedly already been offered to Juventus as Arsenal look to sell him in January rather than lose him for free next summer. The perennial Serie A champions are masters at securing talented players in budget deals, with their current midfield including the likes of Sami Khedira and Emre – both signed for free – and Ramsey could be their next cut-price signing.
Heading abroad could tempt Ramsey if he feels his time in the Premier League has come to an end, and signing for Juve would give the Wales star the opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo – surely a dream for any footballer.
The issue for Ramsey if he decides to move to Juventus would be playing time; the aforementioned Khedira and Can join Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur in the club’s midfield ranks, while the Old Lady also have a buy-back clause for the highly-rated Rolando Mandragora.
Would Ramsey be a starter ahead of that group? Max Allegri may like him, but nothing can be guaranteed in football.
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Back in the summer of 2008, Man United announced they had agreed a deal with Cardiff to sign Ramsey, only for him to pen personal terms with Arsenal and join them instead. 10 years on from that failure, United were back in for Ramsey according to various reports published earlier this year.
Once again, the Red Devils missed out on their target, but they have been mooted as a potential destination for Ramsey when he leaves Arsenal in the coming months.
Ramsey’s skillset makes him a perfect Jose Mourinho player, with his energy and work rate turning the Wales star into a rare footballer – an attacking player who is willing to defend. Mourinho wants these kind of players, and it’s not hard to imagine the Portuguese preferring Ramsey in his team over Paul Pogba.
Pogba reportedly wants to leave United and it looks like Mourinho wants the France midfielder gone as well. Arsenal fans have backed a Ramsey-Pogba swap deal, but it’s more likely Ramsey will head to Old Trafford with Pogba leaving – but not for the Emirates.
The Standard say Milan are monitoring Ramsey’s situation at Arsenal, just a few days after it was announced that Ivan Gazidis is leaving the Gunners to become the San Siro club’s chief executive. Gazidis helped oversee the big summer rebuild at the Emirates that included Unai Emery’s appointment as manager to succeed Arsene Wenger, and he’s likely to be tasked with helping Milan’s ongoing rebuild once he officially starts his new job next month.
The Rossoneri have spent big over the last few years as they bid to return to the pinnacle of European and Italian football, and Ramsey could be another headline name to help them with their task.
As with Juventus’ interest, the only chance Milan have of signing Ramsey is if the player himself decides he wants to test himself abroad, while Juve are certainly the more enticing prospect if a move to Italy is on the cards.
However, he’s much more likely to be a guaranteed starter at Milan than with Juve, and Ramsey may prefer to join a lesser squad where he is the star, rather than being just one of many good players in the Juventus team.
It is a move that would invariably anger Arsenal fans, but Ramsey heading to Chelsea could be on the cards. The Blues are reported to be keeping tabs on his contract situation ahead of a potential swoop, and there is a clear space in Maurizio Sarri’s squad for Ramsey to take.
Mateo Kovacic will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season as Chelsea have no option to buy in the Croatia international’s loan deal, meaning the most advanced position in Sarri’s midfield will be vacant. Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek could take the role, but Ramsey is a much better player than either of Chelsea’s current duo.
He would provide a guaranteed goal threat from midfield and has the energy and work rate to excel under Sarri, while years playing ‘WengerBall’ means Ramsey would have little to do in terms of getting used to Chelsea’s technical and pass heavy style of play.
The big question is: would Ramsey risk the ire of the Arsenal support by joining one of their fiercest rivals?
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