According to a recent report from The Independent, Arsenal could entertain the idea of selling midfielder Aaron Ramsey this month. The Wales international sees his contract at the Emirates Stadium expire in the summer and seemingly looks set for a move to Juventus, having reportedly (as per Sky Sports) signed a pre-contract agreement and indeed passed a medical with the Serie A leaders.
Yet a recent report from The Independent suggests, given the Gunners’ financial woes this month that have reportedly (as per The Guardian) left manager Unai Emery facing the prospect of only bagging loan deals, that the North London giants may seek to cash in on the midfielder to thus raise some much-needed funds, with £10 million the figure they reportedly (as per The Independent) hope to raise.
And with the Gunners clearly cash-strapped heading into the final eight days of the window, they simply must do all they can to sanction Ramsey’s exit this month.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old midfielder has been an outstanding servant to Arsenal in his ten-and-a-half years in North London, making the move from Cardiff City back in 2008 to great effect with 358 appearances for the Gunners, in which time he has netted 62 goals and laid on 64 assists.
And with three seasons seeing Ramsey exceed ten goals in all competitions, the Welshman has certainly produced the goods during his time at the Emirates Stadium, although struggles for regular football under new boss Emery suggests that losing him for the second half of the season wouldn’t actually be an issue.
The 28-year-old has only made nine Premier League starts for the Gunners this term to underline that he maybe isn’t in Emery’s first team plans, and the fact that the Spaniard was willing to let him leave at the expiration of his contract at the end of the season speaks volumes about where he is in his long-term thinking as well – quite simply, he isn’t.
And with a recent report from The Independent suggesting that sanctioning Ramsey’s exit would only take place were the Gunners to land Denis Suarez from Barcelona and James Rodriguez from Bayern Munich, Arsenal simply wouldn’t miss the Wales star were he to leave this month.
After all, he will be going anyway in six months’ time to Juventus, having already agreed a contract with the Italian giants, so getting something for his services this month, instead of nothing come the summer, is a no-brainer – and were messrs Suarez and Rodriguez to move to the club, they would more than compensate for his exit.
And while sealing loan deals for the duo may suggest a short-term thinking on Arsenal’s behalf, they may well be able to keep them both permanently come the end of the season were the pair to excel for the club, and indeed see a future in North London – despite the short-term nature of a loan deal, there is more long-term potential with the duo than with Ramsey.
As such, sanctioning Ramsey’s exit, for what they reportedly (as per The Independent) hope would be around £10 million, makes complete sense this month, as replacing him with messrs Suarez and Rodriguez, or even one of them, would more than compensate for his departure – it is an absolute no-brainer.
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