So, Aaron Ramsey will be joining Juventus at the end of the season when his contract expires – that’s what reports are claiming.
The Welsh midfielder had many top European clubs chasing his signature over the past few weeks, including the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the 28-year-old opted to join Juventus with no doubt playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo playing a major factor in his decision.
Reports suggest that Juventus want to get the deal done as soon as possible and are planning to fly Ramsey out after Arsenal’s game against West Ham this weekend to complete his medical and sign his five-year deal worth £36million.
However, if Juve want to sign Ramsey this month then Arsenal want at least £18million for his departure.
Unai Emery has recently admitted that Arsenal have no transfer money to spend and can only reinforce his squad by completing loan deals.
With this in mind, wouldn’t it best for Arsenal to sell Ramsey this month, recoup some cash and reinvest it elsewhere rather than see him leave on a free over the summer?
Well, apparently the £18million asking-price is deemed too high by Juventus, especially for a player who has less than six months left to run on his contract, which, in fairness, does seem a little steep.
For one reason or another, Arsenal want to keep hold of a player they don’t want and lose him for nothing this summer rather than bringing in some cash for Emery to spend on other areas of the squad.
Arsenal playing hardball with Juventus over Ramsey doesn’t make sense at all. Juventus will not care either way as they will sign Ramsey at the end of the day and the Gunners will miss out on much needed transfer funds as a result.