According to reports in the Daily Star, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is lining up a summer swoop for Arsenal contract rebel Aaron Ramsey, who currently earns £110,000-a-week according to the Daily Mail last month, in a move that would surely throw Paul Pogba’s Old Trafford future into further doubt.
Well, the Daily Star says that Mourinho is a big fan of the Gunners midfielder, whose contract is due to run out next summer with no progress in him extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium as of yet.
The Daily Star says that the Portuguese boss is eyeing big summer changes after claiming privately that Pogba and January arrival Alexis Sanchez are “killing the team”, and he feels Ramsey’s box-to-box style can help lift his team.
The report adds that their Premier League rivals Chelsea are also keen on the Wales international, who is contemplating his future with Arsenal considering the only realistic way they can qualify for the Champions League next season now is by winning the Europa League.
He has been brilliant, once again.
The 27-year-old has scored seven goals and provided a further 10 assists in an Arsenal side that has struggled this term – particularly on the road – and as well as scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 win against Everton he also scored one and assisted two in their 5-1 aggregate win against AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.
He certainly could be, yes.
Ramsey has the capability to play behind the striker in the 4-2-3-1 system that Mourinho often likes to deploy, while he could also play alongside Nemanja Matic in the midfield base of that formation, or as the most attacking central midfield player in a 4-3-3 system.
The Welshman is quite similar to Frank Lampard in the way he likes to arrive late in the box or just generally because of the clever runs and good movement that he consistently produces, and he has plenty of experience in the Premier League and Champions League, too.
His arrival would surely throw Pogba’s future further into doubt however, with the France international, who is rated at £81m according to Transfermarkt, struggling for first-team minutes under Mourinho in recent weeks as well as failing to impress the Old Trafford faithful.