Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey agrees to join Juventus in £36m deal

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey agrees to join Juventus in £36m deal

Arsenal had been open to a sale during the January transfer window, but Ramsey will now see out the campaign with the North London outfit and complete 11 years at the club.

Madrid forward Gareth Bale is understood to have encouraged his Wales team-mate to link up with him in Spain.

It is understood his boyhood dream was to play for Barcelona but despite preliminary talks that option will not be pursued.

Ramsey, 28, is already free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs and had been courted by a number of big names with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan also reportedly interested.

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Ramsey will be paid around £140,000 a week (£7.2m a season), a drop from the £140,000 Arsenal offered him, before withdrawing the deal.

Ultimately Arsenal were not prepared to meet his salary demands, with some among the hierarchy regretting the new deal given to Mesut Ozil a year ago, worth £350,000 per week, and determined to avoid a repeat. Ramsey made his competitive debut for Arsenal in the Champions League third qualifying round against FC Twente on 13 August 2008 and his league debut a month later against Blackburn Rovers on 13 September 2008, marking it with an assist to Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal's fourth. "We can only loan players", said Emery.

The Juventus manager, Max Allegri, and director Fabio Paratici are huge admirers of the Welshman, who will be expected to be given a place in the Juventus starting XI, most likely playing with Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi in a three-man midfield. "I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday".

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