According to report from The Mirror, Aaron Ramsey has begun talks over a possible move to Juventus when his Arsenal contract expires in June, with the Serie A champions now the front-runners to sign the Wales midfielder.
The North London club withdrew the offer of a new contract for Ramsey earlier in the season months of negotiations – with the then Barcelona target said to be unhappy at the lack of explanation.
Ramsey now looks certain to leave Arsenal in the summer, bringing to an end his ten-year stint with the London club he joined as a teenager from Cardiff City.
He has severally been linked with Europe’s biggest names since it first emerged that he was keen to leave the Gunners, with Bayern Munich first touted as a possible destination.
San Siro duo giants Inter and AC Milan have more recently been linked with the midfielder, but it now looks likely that Juventus will beat their rivals to the signing of Ramsey base on his high wage demands.
Italian publication Calcio Mercato claims Ramsey want a £9million a year (£17,000k-per-wk) deal, and Juve will consder sanctioning the move as it will be offset by the fact that no transfer fee will be involved.
The midfielder was voted the Gunners’ player of the season last season by Arsenal fans which makes it the second time he has won the award during his ten-year stay.
Ramsey’s most memorable moment as an Arsenal player came when he netted an extra-time winner in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull City, in what was arguably the Welshman’s most impressive season with Arsenal.
He starred as Arsenal shot to the top of the Premier League, scoring with a spectacular striker against Liverpool in November as Arsene Wenger’s side established themselves as title-challengers through the autumn.
However suffered a thigh injury during his team’s 3-1 win at West Ham on boxing day and missed three months of the season, only returning after Arsenal’s title challenge had collapsed after a series of thrashings by their title rivals.