Juventus are ready to offer Medhi Benatia to Arsenal to seal the transfer of Aaron Ramsey this month.
Ramsey, 28, has agreed to join Juventus when his contract expires at the Emirates this summer and will become the Serie A club’s second-highest paid player behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, it is thought that Juventus want to sign Ramsey this month and are planning to fly the Welshman over for his medical this weekend after Arsenal’s game against West Ham.
While Arsenal have reportedly set an asking price of £18-20million (depending on what report you read), Italian publication Gazzette dello Sport (via Metro) claim Juventus are set to include Benatia in any potential deal for Ramsey this month.
Unai Emery is eager to reinforce his defence this month but has recently admitted that any deals made during January will only be loan ones, and the potential arrival of Benatia could be enough to convince Arsenal to go ahead with the proposed deal.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Benatia in recent weeks and are understood to have made an approach for the Moroccan defender.
The 31-year-old has struggled for game time under Massimiliano Allegri this season following Leonardo Bonucci’s return to Juventus from AC Milan last summer.
When asked about his future ahead of the January transfer window, Benatia said:
‘If [Juventus] need me in the Champions League, I will make myself ready, but I can hardly play a game every so often.
‘Last year I did well because I had more continuity. Unfortunately, now I do not have it. ‘Part of my job is that I always have to work to make myself ready, but it is not a pleasant situation.’
With circumstances as they are at Arsenal, with Emery having nothing to spend to reinforce his squad, the proposed deal by Juventus to add Benatia in the equation must seriously be considered.
The Gunners desperately need another centre-back to come in this month and the addition of Benatia would fill the void.
Ramsey is leaving no matter what, whether it be this January or at the end of the season, so if Arsenal can get a player in exchange for the Welshman rather than lose him on a free this summer then why not go for it?