Jose Mourinho has become the latest Premier League manager to show an interest in Aaron Ramsey with the Welshman’s contract running out next summer.
While speculation in the press was rife that Ramsey was using the Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sagas as a template to get a massive payrise, the midfielder admitted last week that the club have not even started talks with him about a new deal.
Other reports claim that the club are prepared to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for free. Quite how either of those things are possible when neither side have even started talking is beyond me.
Anyway, the Daily Star have an EXCLUSIVE in their print edition today claiming that Mourinho wants to bring Ramsey to Old Trafford, 10 years after the midfielder decided against a move to United in order to sign for Arsene Wenger.
Mourinho, the report claims, wants Ramsey’s energetic box-to-box style to lift his side as he struggles to get the best out of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez whom, the Star claim, Mourinho believes are ‘killing the team’.
Would Ramsey go to United?
At this point, it’s impossible to rule anything out.
Ramsey has been the subject of disgusting abuse from a small section of Arsenal fans for a long time and he may feel a fresh start is best for his career, especially given the uncertainty at Arsenal that shows no sign of abating anytime soon.
The main reason Ramsey opted for Arsenal over United back in 2008 was the personal touch shown by Arsene Wenger as the club tried to woo him away from Cardiff.
While United sent Gary Neville, club captain at the time, to show him around Carrington and were so convinced they had agreed a deal to sign him they made an announcement on their website, Arsenal sent a private jet for Ramsey late in the game.
“I went up there [Carrington] to see the facilities and I went to see Arsene Wenger,” Ramsey told Sky Sports.
“He did a lot to try and get me to this club.
“As a 17-year-old, flying out on a private jet to his hotel (in Switzerland for Euro 2008) was surreal but I think I made the right decision.
“I just felt a bit more wanted by Arsenal and by the boss.”
If feeling wanted and valued as a person is something that’s important to Ramsey – and all signs seem to indicate they are – it’s hard to imagine he’d want to work under Jose Mourinho who is currently waging a one-man career-wrecking war against Luke Shaw for no discernible reason.
Sadly, in this age of modern football, it’s impossible to rule anything out.
While just a few years ago it would have been impossible for me to think of Ramsey leaving Arsenal for United, that’s certainly no longer the case now.