According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Chelsea may not make a move for midfielder Aaron Ramsey after all. The Wales international currently plays his football at Premier League giants Arsenal and has done so since leaving Cardiff City back in 2008, although his contract is up at the end of the season and doesn’t look like being renewed by the North London heavyweights.
As such, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have been linked with the midfielder only for reports to suggest that they may not go after him, and with Liverpool also thought to be opting against a move, the door is ajar for Everton manager Marco Silva to pull off a potential Toffees masterstroke.
Ultimately, it was always going to be difficult for Silva’s side to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool for the Welshman, with both teams able to offer European football alongside the chance of winning the Premier League title.
Add in the likely bigger financial packages the duo would likely be able to offer, and the Toffees simply weren’t in that strong a position to convince Ramsey of a move to Goodison Park.
But with those two seemingly out of the running, the opportunity could be there for Silva’s Everton, in a move which could prove to be a masterstroke given just how effective the 27-year-old has been at Arsenal in recent years.
The midfielder may have only netted 60 goals and laid on 60 assists in 343 matches for Arsenal during his ten-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, but he enjoyed one of his best seasons at the club last time round in netting 11 goals and laying on 12 assists in all competitions, unsurprisingly going on to win the club’s Player of the Season award.
And with that his third season at Arsenal in which he has exceeded ten goals in a single campaign, Ramsey is clearly playing some of the best football of his career at present – he even has a goal and three assists to show for his endeavours this term despite being a bit-part player under new manager Unai Emery.
And in an Everton team crying out for greater strength in the middle of the park, be it slightly further forward or indeed deeper, he could turn out to be the ideal addition at Goodison Park.
Other than Idrissa Gueye, the central midfield positions aren’t a formality for manager Silva given he has chopped between the likes of Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Andre Gomes so far this term, although the latter does appear to be a class apart and may well stay there in the coming weeks.
Nonetheless, having a player of Ramsey’s quality in and around the squad can only be of benefit to Silva as he seeks to improve this Everton team and take them back towards the European places – there’s a reason Chelsea and Liverpool were interested in the 27-year-old.
But with those two seemingly out of the running, the door could be ajar for Silva to pull off a transfer masterstroke by luring Ramsey to Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!