According to the Metro, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be set to leave the north London club with less than a week until the transfer window shuts. The report suggests that both Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing the Wales international before transfer deadline next Thursday.
Contract talks dragging on
Ramsey is now in the last year of his Arsenal contract, therefore the midfielder could leave as a free agent next summer. Reportedly, talks have been ongoing between the midfielder’s representatives and the club for some time.
According to some media reports, the 27-year-old is asking for a wage of around £250,000 per-week to sign a new deal. Arsenal formerly had a strict wage budget until recent seasons.
The fact the Gunners handed German playmaker Mesut Ozil a contract reported to be worth around £350,000 per-week shows that the old structure is now gone.
Blows hot and cold
As I have talked about in previous articles, Ramsey is a player that blows hot and cold. He can be a very good player on his day, but keeping him fit and injury-free seems to have been a big problem throughout his decade-long Arsenal career.
He enjoyed the second best campaign of his career last season at Arsenal when it comes to goals and assists. However, there will always be question marks about his fitness.
There will always be question marks over the consistency of his performances. It seems that Ramsey feels like he deserves a big wage and that he is a vital player for the Gunners.
In reality, he is a player that is not irreplaceable, especially as the club from north London have signed talented young central midfielders such as Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi this summer.
Not the only Arsenal player linked with the exit
It seems that Ramsey is not the only Arsenal player who could move on before the transfer window closes. Strikers Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez are both being linked with moves elsewhere, as is centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsenal have made some shrewd moves in the transfer market this summer. The likes of Welbeck, Perez and Mustafi would not be major losses. In fact, it could benefit the younger players at the club.
Aaron Ramsey’s departure would not be the end of the world either for the north London club. No doubt, the sale of Ramsey would bring in a decent fee, even if it were too late for the Gunners to strengthen during the current window.
Will Aaron Ramsey leave Arsenal before the transfer window shuts?