Juventus are planning to sell former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the January as he searches for a new challenge.

Aaron Ramsey Wales Baku Azerbaijan Copyright: JustPictures.ch/JustPicturesPlus
Aaron Ramsey Wales Baku Azerbaijan Copyright: JustPictures.ch/JustPicturesPlus

More than two years after leaving Arsenal for Juventus, Aaron Ramsey is still yet to find a place in the team with his new club. The 30-year-old has only played 112 minutes of club football this season, despite being fit to make the squad 11 times.

It’s a different story on international duty. Unlike the fans, who are generally less interested in internationals and can check out Kubet casino while they wait for the break to be over, Ramsey always steps things up a gear with Wales.

The midfielder has a goal and an assist in his 170 minutes for his country since the start of the season. He’ll join up with them again over the current break, hoping to qualify them for their first World Cup.

It seems bizarre that a player performing well on international duty in both qualifiers and tournaments can return to his club and fail to get a single start in between. According to Fabrizio Romano, Ramsey might not be around at Juventus for much longer.

Romano writes on Twitter that Juventus are planning to find a solution to sell Ramsey in January. He’s not in their plans for the future and he’s looking for a potential new challenge.

One of the clubs Ramsey has been linked with lately is Newcastle United.

That’s not a huge surprise, given Newcastle suddenly seem to have a lot of money, and Ramsey may well welcome a return to England and the Premier League. The rumour is almost too convenient, and it’s hard to know which Newcastle links to take seriously right now.

Other Premier League clubs to find themselves linked with Ramsey in recent months include West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Leicester City.

Even Spurs have been linked to Ramsey, but the player himself has been pretty clear in the past he wouldn’t be interested in that move.

There’s no talk of an Arsenal return just yet, but you can be sure it’s only a matter of time. One or two bad results and there’ll be talk of reuniting the goalscoring, cup-final-winning midfielder with the club where he earned that reputation.

Unfortunately, those links seem mostly to be based on nostalgia at this point in 2021.

It’s hard to make a serious argument for a transfer strategy that involves bringing back players in their thirties to deny games to younger developing players. This isn’t Manchester United.