The Aaron Ramsey-to-Juventus rumors have officially been kicked into overdrive.
We’re not just talking about Juventus being interested in the Arsenal midfielder whose current contract is set to expire at the end of June. At this point, the talk of Juventus offering Ramsey a contract for a lot of money is now the next step in the process before we hear of him agreeing to terms about 2,000 times over the next couple of weeks.
That’s because the man now in charge of Juventus’ front office, Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici, has confirmed that the club is indeed interested in bringing in Ramsey this coming summer on a free transfer. He said so, and you shall read it for your own good below:
“Ramsey? He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.
“I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want the Welshman. Mbappe? It’s a very imaginative possibility. Imagination helps, but in January it helps you little and even in June he’d be very difficult to sign.”
(Source: Football Italia)
OK, let’s forget about the Kylian Mbappé part of the quote above for a second or two because that’s obviously much, much more difficult of a deal to do than a free transfer for somebody who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Over the past week, rumors have ben abound that Juventus are preparing to offer Ramsey, 28, a contract worth €6.5 million and another €1.5 million in potential bonuses. That would be a contract similar to the one that Juventus handed to another free-agent midfielder who played in the Premier League for a large chunk of his career last summer when they acquired Emre Can from Liverpool.
The question with this one — outside of the fact that if Ramsey is really worth that kind of yearly salary — is where, exactly, he would fit into this whole Juventus setup?
Seeing as the interest is real and Juventus has let us know that it’s real, we must now actually think about Ramsey joining the seven-time defending Serie A champions at some point. That’s not exactly something I thought would be happening, but here we are.
Don’t worry, though. I’m sure Paratici’s words won’t go straight to the Italian media’s head and make them go crazy at the possibility of Ramsey joining Juventus.
Oh, so much for that hunch.