Chelsea had a productive summer transfer window, but given their need to catch up with their rivals in the Premier League, Maurizio Sarri must already be looking ahead to January and beyond. The Blues need further improvement – and could they find it in Aaron Ramsey?
Well, according to the Evening Standard, the Welshman is demanding a higher salary than Arsenal are currently offering him, and so he’s facing an uncertain future at the Emirates. A departure, then, could eventually be on the cards, and high salaries have rarely stopped Chelsea in the past.
With Mateo Kovacic only on loan at Stamford Bridge for the season, they could be looking to replace him in a year – and that’s when Ramsey’s current Arsenal deal expires.
Of course, Chelsea have Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley to call upon if Kovacic doesn’t stay, but the former is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge at present owing to a lack of action so far this season, whilst Barkley has yet to really impress in a Chelsea shirt.
Having further quality, then, wouldn’t be a bad thing, and Ramsey could prove to be a good fit under Sarri.
His experience would suit Sarri’s formation well. The Italian tends to rely on three midfielders, with two focusing on the defensive side of the game and one playing more offensively. With N’Golo Kante and Jorginho having the two former positions locked down, Ramsey would be a good fit in the third, more advanced role. Though not quite a number-ten role, this player is required to help unlock defences by moving between the lines and finding space. Ramsey’s a clever player, and so that kind of position would suit him.
In terms of his raw ability, he’s a fine passer, and that playmaker type role would, therefore, be a good fit. Furthermore, he’s also a good runner and he’s relentless when chasing players down. Sarri doesn’t let opponents rest for a moment, and so that energy is crucial to his playstyle, and that’s something that Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek don’t quite offer as much as Ramsey.
The Welshman enjoyed a great season last year, with a whopping 7 goals and 8 assists coming the way of the 27-year-old throughout the course of the Premier League season. His involvement then, is evident, and with a team like Chelsea that will be playing more offensively this season, you’d expect him to become even more influential.
Rated at £40.5 million by Transfer Markt, Chelsea would be able to land a cut-price signing in January if he refuses to sign on, or a free transfer next summer. For the Blues then, this move would represent one with little risk.
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