Amid rumors that Juventus are planning to sell Aaron Ramsey this summer, it’s time to check out three clubs who could sign the Welshman.
Aaron Ramsey has endured a difficult first season for Juventus since completing a free transfer from Arsenal. Struggles for form and fitness have restricted him, with just 15 league appearances under his belt. Ramsey didn’t play in Friday’s Coppa Italia Semi-Final either, even if that was due to an injury.
Now rumors have surfaced claiming that Juventus plan to sell him this summer. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bianconeri are implementing cost-cutting measures. They’ve already struck an agreement with the squad over a four-month wage cut. That alone should save around €90M.
But it appears more sacrifices are necessary to ensure the club’s long-term stability and Ramsey, who earns around €450000-per-week in Turin, could be the first victim in Juventus’ bid to save money.
A Premier League return seems the most likely avenue for the 29-year-old for the summer transfer window. So let’s take a look at the likely clubs where Ramsey could be playing his football next season.
The Wales international joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 2008 and spent over a decade at the club. He made 371 appearances in North London, providing 65 goals and assists in the process.
Ramsey’s most memorable moments for the Gunners include scoring match-winners in two of the three FA Cups he won.
But Arsene Wenger’s replacement, Unai Emery, failed to tie him down to a new contract last summer. Therefore, Ramsey signed on the dotted line for Juventus as a free agent.
Chances of seeing the midfielder in the red-and-white jersey again would seem remote. True, he was a fan favorite. The regular hamstring injuries, however, caused him to miss an enormous chunk of games, making him a risk for the club.
It’s also uncertain whether Ramsey would accept a pay cut to ease a return to Arsenal. The London club recently imposed a 12.5% wage cut on its players, ensuring its financial stability amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Much to the dismay of Arsenal supporters, Ramsey may become a Manchester United player. It will no doubt stir memories of Robin van Persie’s transfer in 2012, which was a kick in the teeth for many of them.
But the rumors continue to circulate over an Old Trafford move, with the Daily Mail claiming United are still interested.
Ramsey’s old Wales boss, Chris Coleman, recently added to the speculation by suggesting his former charge would be a suitable fit for the Red Devils.
“He’s definitely the type of player who can handle playing for Manchester United,” said Coleman.
“When you play for a club like Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you are with a smaller club in the Premier League (…) If you play for a big club you’ve got to handle that extra weight. He certainly has an appetite for that.”
In a surprise twist, Liverpool are being touted as a potential destination for the Juventus outcast.
Journalist Paul Tomkins even claimed last year that Aaron Ramsey could have ended up at Liverpool instead of Arsenal as a youngster, only for a £1M move to fall through as the Reds already had Jay Spearing.
Rafa told me that he had Aaron Ramsey at Melwood a few months before he joined Arsenal, ahead of a move of about £1m. His account was that he was told we had Jay Spearing, so couldn't complete the move
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) July 10, 2019
Spearing, who also plays as a midfielder, left Anfield in 2013 and currently plays for Blackpool in League One.
While Ramsey’s injuries would normally raise a red flag for Liverpool, he could fill in as a replacement for Adam Lallana, although his playing opportunities may not be much better compared to Juventus.
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