Everton could secure themselves a bargain deal for unwanted Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey as he edges ever closer to an imminent Turin exit.
The Toffees have been one of several clubs linked with a move for the 30-year-old in recent weeks as his nightmare spell in Italian football slowly draws to a conclusion.
And now, CalcioMercato have reported that Juve’s hierarchy are considering terminating Ramsey’s contract ahead of the January window in order to get his astronomical wages off the books.
The Wales international’s current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2023, and the Old Lady believe it will be easier to reach an agreement with the player than to find a buyer for his services.
Goal are also stating that Ramsey’s days at Juventus are numbered, with Massimilano Allegri’s charges eager to offload him as soon as possible.
Their report claims that: “In Turin, the intention is to get Ramsey off the club’s books at the next available opportunity.”
With Everton’s midfield arguably lacking the class, technical skill and creativity needed at the highest level since Andre Gomes’ ankle injury last season and James Rodriguez’s recent departure, Marcel Brands must swoop for Ramsey over the coming months.
The experienced campaigner could be set to have his £175,000-per-week contract ripped up, allowing the Blues to swoop in and secure his services without splashing out on a transfer fee.
In his previous 11-year stint in the Premier League, Ramsey scored 65 goals and laid on a further 65 assists in 371 appearances for Arsenal, winning three FA Cups along the way and earning praise from several pundits, including Martin Keown.
“He continues to mature as a player and develop. He’s a real leader now in this Arsenal team,” the Gunners legend claimed back in 2019.
“Playing in a deeper role, as he did under Arsene Wenger – I think that’s the best role for him. If you want Ozil and him in the same team. He’s so important to everything Arsenal do. It’s the energy – the box-to-box energy. He’s become an outstanding technician.”
However, following a contract dispute, Ramsey departed the north London outfit on a free transfer ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, joining Juve in a search of silverware.
Although he has claimed a Serie A title and a Coppa Italia during his time at the Allianz Stadium, the creative talent has only made 70 appearances in all competitions, with just five of those coming in the opening weeks of the current campaign.
It remains to be seen whether Brands and Everton follow up their reported interest in Ramsey with a concrete offer, but the pair could be a match made in heaven.