According to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea are monitoring Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation at the Emirates Stadium ahead of potentially making a move for the Welshman, which would surely throw Ross Barkley’s future into doubt.
Well, the 27-year-old, who is rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, will only have one year left on his Gunners contract by the end of the season as he is yet to commit to staying at the north London outfit.
The Mirror says that news hasn’t gone unnoticed by their Premier League rivals, who are set for a major squad overhaul following a disappointing campaign that has seen them knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage, while they aren’t even guaranteed to qualify for the competition again next season as they currently lie fifth in the top flight standings.
The report adds that the Blues could lose Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz this summer, meaning they would need to strengthen in the middle of the park.
It has been another campaign that has been blighted by injury for the Wales international, who has suffered hamstring and calf problems.
The 27-year-old was also not risked in the early stages of the League Cup or the Europa League group stages, meaning he has only played 23 times in total this term.
The midfielder has scored an impressive seven goal and provided a further 10 assists in those appearances though, to show the quality that he brings from central areas.
Two of those assists came in the 3-1 win against AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.
He certainly would be, but it would make the addition of Barkley, who was slated by Blues fans following their defeat to Bournemouth earlier this year, from Everton in January even more confusing seeing as they are similar players.
Nevertheless, if the Blues could get Ramsey – who makes a similar impact from midfield that Frank Lampard used to for them – this summer, they would be mad not to get a deal done.
It’s difficult to say.
The Gunners will obviously want to keep him but Ramsey will want proof of the club’s ambition before committing his future to them, with Arsene Wenger’s departure this summer likely to be one of the things that could convince him to stay.
Another will be qualifying for the Champions League, and their poor position in the Premier League standings now means that they will have to win the Europa League to achieve that, which certainly isn’t out of the question.