Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could make a surprise return to the club this summer, provided he’s happy to take a pay cut. The 30-year-old Welsh international left The Gunners on a free transfer to join Italian giants Juventus two years ago but has struggled to find a regular place under former coaches Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo.
According to a report from Italian transfer news site Calciomercato, Ramsey is at the top of the list of players who can leave the Bianconeri this summer as he’s considered a ‘transferrable player’ by the club as Juve hope to receive new bids for him this summer.
Calciomercato suggest that an offer from Crystal Palace wasn’t of interest to the midfielder as ‘his desire’ is to return to Arsenal, however his salary may prove an obstacle to any potential move.
Despite his reported €7m a season wage bill, a move isn’t entirely off the cards as ‘both parties are working away from the spotlight’ to try and find a solution. It’s suggested that the players familiarity with the Arsenal environment could help facilitate a move and it would work in the clubs favour as well, however the move would have to be a free transfer.
The proposition of losing Ramsey on a free isn’t of appeal to Juve director Federico Cherubini as he would prefer to organise a player exchange to help balance the books, with Old Lady’s eyes firmly set on Arsenal youth product Folarin Balogun.
Despite the reports, Ramsey’s agent Daniel Baldwin has taken to Twitter to deny the rumours, suggesting there was no truth to the report.
I'm sorry but can you stop making things up please. There is not a shred of truth in your tweet.
— David Baldwin (@The_Baldwinners) June 22, 2021