Juventus are not confident of landing Aaron Ramsey as the Welsh midfielder looks to make the best of his current contract situation.
The Mirror report that the Italians are facing ‘Aaron Ramsey frustration’ which is good news for Arsenal who are looking to hold on to the remaining two members of the British core that was feted as the future of the club.
Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are already gone, Carl Jenkinson may as well be while Jack Wilshere is out of contract in just 13 weeks.
The paper also claims that Ramsey is prepared to see out his contract if Arsenal ‘don’t meet his demands,’ a rumour that has persisted for a while now.
The 27-year-old is out of contract next summer and recently spoke about the lack of talks regarding a new deal.
”Nothing to comment on at the moment, I think they’ve been busy to tie up other contracts at the moment,” Ramsey said just 10 days ago.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for a player they thought they had landed in 2008 only for Arsene Wenger’s personal touch to whip him away at the last minute. But with his deal running out they, along with Chelsea and Juventus, are sniffing around again.
Ramsey is believed to be seeking a large payrise after watching the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan receive significant wages from the club.
Ramsey is said to be on £110kpw while Ozil earns £300k, Auba £180k and Mkhitaryan £120k.
Having watched Ozil negotiate a whopper of a payrise by running his contract down to the last six months, speculation claims that Ramsey is planning to do the same but much of what we have been reading is exactly that – speculation.
Although his career has been blighted by injury since the day he met Ryan Shawcross, Ramsey is a key player for Arsenal. When he is on the pitch they are simply better.
To lose him this summer would represent a big blow to Arsene Wenger who would see another player opt to leave rather than repay the loyalty he has been shown. Wenger has stood by Ramsey through a number of difficult times.
Ramsey, for his part, might not only fancy the chance of winning the league with another Premier League club but might feel a fresh start would be best for all involved. Often the target of irrational hate from a small section of Arsenal supporters, a clean slate at a new club would give him a lot less grief.
While some of those fans would be happy to see Ramsey leave, you have to wonder at the logic of being pleased to see the back of a player wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus.
If I had to put money on it all, however, I have a feeling that Rambo will renew. If Arsenal ever get around to offering him a new deal, that is.
Ramsey returned to first team training on Monday after undergoing a small procedure on his groin during the international break. He is expected to be fit to face Stoke on Sunday.