Arsenal have confirmed that Aaron Ramsey will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Welshman was a key player during Arsene Wenger’s final season at the club and was expected to open a new deal to extend his stay with the club. Ramsey’s current contract expires at the end of the year and talks stalled earlier in the summer. With Unai Emery signing Lucas Torreira, Arsenal have confirmed they will not offer a new contract to their longest-serving player.
With Ramsey set to depart either in January or next summer, the Gunners should plan a move for West Ham midfielder – Declan Rice.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, the defensive midfielder has developed into a crucial player for the Hammers under Manuel Pellegrini. Rice spent 13 years in the club’s famed academy but has less than one year remaining on his deal at the London Stadium. The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Tottenham, but Arsenal should be matching any offers from their rivals.
Rice has so far rejected the offer of a new deal with the Hammers and would be tempted to be a part of Emery’s project. The former PSG boss utilises a 4-2-3-1 system at the Emirates and Rice would slot seamlessly into the midfield alongside Torreira. Rice would offer plenty of protection to the Arsenal defence as he has averaged 2.7 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game this year (WhoScored) – he would be a massive upgrade on Granit Xhaka.
Offering cover for two positions, Rice needs to be the next Arsenal recruit.
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