Arsenal have strengthened themselves significantly in Unai Emery era, but the Spaniard is expecting a few departures and if the reports are believed to be true, Aaron Ramsey might be on the move before 9th August’s deadline amid interest from Liverpool and Chelsea with the latter are now frontrunners to rope in the Welshman for a fee of around £35m, Sunday Express understands.
The 27-year-old midfield sensation completed a £4.8m switch to Emirates from his boyhood side Cardiff City a decade back and flourished to become one of Arsene Wenger’s key resources despite a horrific leg injury at the age of 19 when a tackle of Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross resulted in a tibia and fibula fracture in his right leg. But he overcame the trouble and eventually registered a regular role appearing 327 times in all competitions, netting 58 goals in the process.
Wenger’s departure, meanwhile, has seen the player stalling a contract extension with less than a year remaining in his current deal to run out and the Gunners are now ready to listen to offers this window over losing him for nothing next summer. Ramsey wants to interpret his role under new boss before committing his future but a strong interest from league counterparts is now allowing him to weigh up his options.
Liverpool have been linked to a move for the Welsh international on a similar deal that saw them capturing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last summer. However, the current depth in the Reds’ central midfield (even after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s season-ending ligament injury) offers uncertainty over his starting role in the middle of the park.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are in need of a box-to-box resource having missed out on Aleksandr Golovin who rejected a switch to Stamford Bridge in order to join AS Monaco, and Ramsey, after years of excellence in Premier League circuit, will uplift the Blues to return to title contention under new boss Maurizio Sarri. The presence of new recruit Jorginho alongside N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas make them well-settled in the centre of the pitch, however, none of Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko or Danny Drinkwater managed to earn reliability last season and the Gunners’ star will introduce much-needed mobility with his close controls, link-up play and dynamic approach while making box to box runs.