Aaron Ramsey has today signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus which will see him join the Italian giants once his contract with Arsenal expires in the summer, multiple sources have reported.
Even before this piece of information broke out, a move away from the Emirates looked almost certain, ever since Arsenal pulled out of the negotiations over a new deal and withdrew the offer that was on the table. As of yet, no club official (or anyone from Ramsey’s camp for that matter) has come out with a statement as to why the talks fell through. Of course, with the public bereft of anything substantial, a large number of media outlets came forth with conclusions of their own, mostly spinning around the assumption that the Welshman demanded wages in the region of that of Mesut Ozil, by far the highest paid player in the squad.
Juventus was always being mentioned as the likeliest of destinations for the midfielder, though some reports at one point indicated interested from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. There were reports of rather questionable reliability of an agreement being already reached with the Serie A champions, but they were usually denied by those far more reliable.
However, now, a source probably among the most trustworthy when it comes to Arsenal – BBC’s David Ornstein, claims an agreement has indeed been signed.
According to Ornstein, Ramsey has put pen to paper on a deal that would be set to keep him at the Allianz Stadium in Turin for four years, having already passed a two-part medical late in January. His basic salary would be immense – just over £400,000 per week.
Such a figure certainly gives some creedence to those reports previously claiming the Arsenal fallout was all about the money, though it doesn’t prove it conclusively.
Meanwhile, Gabriele Marcotti, a senior writer for ESPN, a columnist for The Times and a correspondent for Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, says his sources have informed him otherwise, despite Ornstein’s report. He believes the actual salary the Welshman will be getting for his services to the Old Lady will amount to €7.5 million per year, which works out to significantly less than the said £400,000 per week.
Arsenal have released a statement which confirms the report. Ramsey will indeed be joining Juventus in the summer.