Arsenal should not be concerned by Juventus interest in Ramsey

According to Calciomercato, reigning Serie A champions Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, whose contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season, and could move for the Welshman as early as January.

What’s the story?

Ramsey’s current contract with Arsenal runs out in less than 12 months, and as there has yet to be an agreement reached over new terms it is looking increasingly likely that the 27-year-old’s decade-long stay at the Emirates Stadium could soon be coming to an end.

The prospect of picking up the midfielder – who is valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt – as a free agent would surely entice many of Europe’s top clubs. However, it is in the North London outfit’s best interests to ensure at the very least that they are able to recoup something in return for the 55-cap Wales international’s services.

The least damaging departure

If Unai Emery and the rest of the Arsenal management hierarchy can’t convince Ramsey to remain at the club, then they must act in the team’s best interests with their subsequent actions. Rather than waiting until the end of the season for Ramsey to become freely available to all, the Gunners ought to sell him on in January, to anyone but a domestic rival, for the greatest fee they can get.

Juventus’ reported interest in the player, therefore, should be an encouraging sign for Arsenal.

The Italian giants would be strengthened by Ramsey’s arrival, but improving the Turin club’s fortunes can’t impact Arsenal’s own progress in the manner that the Welshman leaving for Manchester United or Chelsea, for instance, could.

If Ramsey won’t stay, and it currently seems that he won’t, then the club have a duty to offload him in the least damaging manner possible. Selling him to Juventus in January would achieve that and give the Gunners a chance to source his replacement, too.

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