Unlike the last time Juventus dipped its toe into the soon-to-be free agent waters with Emre Can, it looks as though their pursuit of Aaron Ramsey is actually going to have a relatively quick resolution.
At least, that’s what a lot of us would prefer.
With the Can move, it was drawn out over months, leaving many of us to wonder if he would actually end up signing with Juventus. (Which he did, and that was cool.) With Ramsey, however, things aren’t stagnant and in a “Will he or won’t he?” kind of way.
Why do I say that? Because late Thursday we’ve gotten to this stage in the Ramsey-to-Juventus rumor cycle, all of a couple of days after the first wave of Juve’s interest in the 28-year-old Welshmen truly heated up.
Aaron #Ramsey to #Juventus, here we go! #Arsenal want to keep him on January; but he's going to sign with Juve on next June as a free agent. Ramsey refused Paris Saint-Germain and is close to finalize his agreement with Juventus. #AFC #Juve #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2019
That is Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sport Italia, one of the right-hand men to Gianluca Di Marzio’s transfer team over at one of Italy’s more reliable media outlets. (I know, the bar can be set pretty low in Italy when it comes to transfer gossip, but just go with me on this one.)
But, at this point, we’ve heard the reported contract details thrown out there — four- or five-year contract worth €6.5 million (plus another €1.5 million in bonuses).
We’ve heard that there is interest from other teams — like the one from Paris Saint-Germain above — but that Ramsey’s No. 1 choice is to move to Juventus come the summer transfer window opening and his current deal with Arsenal expiring.
Now we’ve reached the close-to-agreement stage of the rumor cycle — which is a pretty big step in the process when you consider who’s reporting it.
And with the January transfer window now open for business, who knows what we could be finding out in a couple of days. For all we know, Fabio Paratici is spending the final days of Juve’s two-week break from games getting one of his first moves as the main man in Juve’s front office done before games start back up again.