Arsenal offered Aaron Ramsey a new deal before he signed for Juventus according to a report from Italy.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal acknowledges the fans following his sides defeat in the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal acknowledges the fans following his sides defeat in the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

This is a strange report that certainly caught my attention this morning.

As we know, Arsenal had a contract on the table for Ramsey but when the player delayed signing it and there were changes to the club’s hierarchy, it was revoked.

Wages, we are told, was the main problem.

So it seems strange, then, that Tuttojuve are reporting that their sources in England believe Arsenal tried to get him to stay amid interest from Turin.

“Arsenal tried in every way to convince the player to stay in London, going almost to match the offer of Juventus, going well beyond the current parameters of the English club, a gesture that Ramsey appreciated and that led him to a short flop immediately fugato,” the report states (butchered, as you can see, by Google translate).

None of that makes any sense and there wasn’t a sniff of this rumour before Ramsey signed his Juventus deal that will see him earn £400kpw, an amount Arsenal would never have got anywhere near no matter what this report claims. Arsenal would have struggled to even offer him 50% of that.

While I can’t be sure, a lot of this smells like Juventus PR. Then again, there’s so much of this nonsense flowing out of Arsenal too, we will probably never know what really happened until Ramsey tells us.

Thankfully, players seem much more chatty when they leave Arsenal.

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