It is understood Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to join Italian champions Juventus, at the end of the season on a free transfer. The Wales international looks set to be on £140,000 a week, after agreeing to end his ten-year tenure with the Gunners.
Ramsey will be the first Welshman to play for Italy’s biggest club since Welsh legend John Charles joined from Leeds United back in 1957, for a British transfer record fee of £65,000.
Juventus have been blessed in years gone by in the department of talented central midfielders. Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Andrea Pirlo and many more great players have put on the famous black and white jersey.
If Ramsey achieves half as much as these legends achieved at their time at Juve, then he can deem the move worthwhile.
Ramsey, 28, will see the move as a now or never opportunity to play for one of the world’s biggest clubs. Juventus are current favourites to lift Europe’s most prestigious tournament, the Champions League and he will hope to play a major part in Juve’s aspired European domination.
The opportunity to play alongside arguably the greatest player of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo is an opportunity, that one does not squander.
Juve’s current midfield options are very impressive, therefore Ramsey will be forced to fight for a spot in the starting 11 of Massimiliano Allegri’s team.
Allegri’s side lineup with a midfield trio, usually containing former Liverpool workhorse Emre Can, skilful midfielder Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.
Displacing any of those three will be tough but there’s no doubt Allegri will give Ramsey, the opportunities to prove his worth.
The move seems a correct one for all parties.
Arsenal has restricted Ramsey’s game time in recent seasons due to them bringing in other preferred midfield options that suit their system such as Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and most recently Lucas Torreira.
Therefore, Ramsey isn’t getting the best out of Arsenal and Arsenal aren’t getting the best out of Ramsey, which has meant a move has been on the cards for a while now.
Juventus are clearly fond of the Welsh international, so an opportunity to play for a European powerhouse and compete to win competitions not just domestically (Serie A) but also European competitions such as the Champions League, which Arsenal aren’t even in. The move to me seems a no brainer.
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