Aaron Ramsey is free to negotiate with club’s outside of England in January, with his Arsenal deal set to end in the summer, and the Welshman is reportedly getting close to his Premier League exit.
It has become an annual tradition that at this time of year Arsenal have at least one player coming to an end of their contract. So begins the usual stories of where he, or they, may end up.
A slew of Gunners’ players have either left when their contracts have been up or left a year before for a fee far lower than their talent would normally fetch.
This time last year no one knew whether Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would be going in January for money or waiting till the end of the season to leave for free. It seemed unlikely either would stay.
In the end the north London side did manage to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the Sanchez deal in January whilst Ozil ended up signing a new deal to stay.
However once again this season the Gunners are set to lose a first team player, this time Aaron Ramsey. Earlier in the season a new contract was on the table for the Welshman but the deal was pulled.
Now the 27 year old is just over a week away from being able to sign a pre contract agreement with a non Premier League club. According to Sky Sports he is moving closer to a move to Juventus.
Ramsey finished off a great team move against Fulham. Image: PA Images
The reports come from Sky Sports Italia who say that Inter Milan are also interested in the former Cardiff City midfielder but Juve are leading the race.
The Old Lady actually have a long history of excellent free signings with Emre Can joining a list including Andrea Pirlo, Sami Khedira, Dani Alves and Fernando Llorente back in the summer.
Pirlo’s free move to Juventus ended up in lots of silverware. Image: PA Images
Ramsey has played 15 times in the league for Arsenal this season but most of his appearances have been off the bench. Despite that he still has six assists for Unai Emery’s team.
After a history of letting players go for free Arsenal are set to let another talented player leave for nothing in the summer.
Whoever gets him will be picking up an absolute bargain. Juve know how to get into the January sales properly.