Opinion: Everton must be front of the queue for Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey is reportedly not expected to sign a new contract with Arsenal, and Everton can solve their midfield problems by signing the Welsh international.

What’s the story?

According to BBC, Ramsey and Arsenal have failed to come to an agreement on a new contract, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

The 27 year-old is Arsenal’s longest-serving player, but Unai Emery is clearly not a fan.

Everton meanwhile are missing a bit of star quality in midfield to match the industriousness of the likes of Idrissa Gueye, and a bargain transfer for Ramsey could be the perfect solution.

Gomes replacement?

Whether it’s a permanent move in January or a pre-contract agreement for a free signing next summer, signing Ramsey this season would be incredible value. The 55-cap Welsh international, who earns £110,000-a-week acccording to the Daily Star, has had his share of injury problems, but could be the perfect fit in Marco Silva’s midfield.

Andre Gomes was of course signed on loan from Barcelona this summer, and if the 25 year-old is successful then Silva will need someone to fill that creative void when he returns to Catalonia next summer.

Would he be a good signing?

Perhaps Ramsey’s best trait is his Lampard-esque ability to grab goals from midfield, seemingly always in the right place at the right time to finish of Arsenal’s attacks. He has scored 59 goals and added 59 assists in 338 matches for the Gunners, scoring the winning goal in both the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.

Ramsey isn’t just a goalscorer though, and his link-up play, technique and vision could help Gylfi Sigurdsson out a lot. The Icleandic playmaker has struggled this season as the Toffees’ only creative influence, and Ramsey is creating two chances every 90 minutes for Arsenal this season.

He’s not afraid to get stuck in either, averaging 1.2 tackles per game for the Gunners so far this season.

This versatility would give Silva plenty of options, as the Welshman could comfortably dictate play from deep alongside Gueye or push up next to Sigurdsson to create a devastating playmaking duo.

So, Everton fans, if Ramsey is available for free next summer or for a bargain in January, should you pull the trigger? Is he worth the risk? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…