Thursday January 3 2019
Ramsey right for Juventus

The Welshman may be 28 and inconsistent, but Gaby McKay feels he could be exactly the player the Bianconeri need.

The news that Juventus are interested in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hasn’t been met with  universal glee by fans of the Bianconeri.

Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed this week that he and his colleagues are monitoring the Welshman’s situation, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season they are free to open talks with him from this month. Indeed, this morning’s newspapers indicate that a deal is practically done already.

In many ways it would be a classic Juve transfer. Since their revival under the guidance of Giuseppe Marotta, now at Inter, the Bianconeri have always been attentive to players who can arrive on a Bosman transfer.

Andrea Pirlo’s arrival in 2011 swung the balance of power from Milan to Turin, while Fernando Llorente, Emre Can, Kingsley Coman and Sami Khedira have all joined on free transfers. The same is true of Paul Pogba, who joined for just a development fee after his contract at Manchester United expired, before being sold back to the Red Devils for €105m.

Targeting Ramsey then is entirely consistent with the approach shown by Marotta and Paratici, with the latter now solely in charge of transfer strategy. The reason for the cautious reception to the news of Juve’s interest though is that Ramsey comes with some drawbacks.

The first and most obvious problem is that he won’t be cheap. A huge television deal means Premier League wages are well above those in Serie A, and the Gunners have been unable to agree a new deal with Ramsey. Estimates of the offer made by Juventus range from €6.5m per season to €9m, with even the lower end of that range taking him close to the likes of Paulo Dybala in terms of salary.

With the exception of the outlier that is Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramsey would become one of the Old Lady’s most handsomely paid players. For a player who has long struggled to deliver consistently, it’s easy to see why there are concerns.

At the age of 28, Ramsey is no longer a promising youngster, but he remains a player who has never completed over 40 games in a season. Indeed, he has managed over 30 Premier League appearances only once since the 2012-13 season. A player who struggles with fitness, would command a high salary, and has never played outside the UK before isn’t quite the bargain a free transfer would suggest.

Look a little deeper though, and the Welshman could be exactly the player Juventus need. Massimiliano Allegri’s defence is still as watertight as ever, and with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo the attack is one of the best in the world.

Nonetheless, performances before the winter break brought groans from the fans, and that’s largely down to the midfield. Rodrigo Bentancur and Miralem Pjanic are fine technical players, but not ones who break into the opposition box. Emre Can and Blaise Matuidi provide industry and a physical presence, but are similarly unlikely to provide a link between midfield and attack.

Khedira, meanwhile, looks close to finished at the highest level. The German usually plays when fit, and Allegri clearly knows more about him than those of us watching at home or in the stadium, but repeated muscular injuries look to have taken their toll.

What Juventus need is some drive in the midfield, someone who can link to the attack, providing goals and assists from the middle of the park. Ramsey could be the man.

The 28-year-old has started only eight Premier League games this season, but he’s got two goals and six assists in that time. In 2017-18 he hit double figures in goals between the Premier League and Europa League, also getting nine assists.

With an average of around 51 passes per match throughout his league career, Ramsey’s success rate in that area is regularly over 85 per cent. While that’s not as good as Pjanic or Bentancur it’s certainly not bad, and the midfielder would bring a new dynamic to the Juve midfield.

It has been suggested that Ramsey could arrive as soon as January, and if the reported €5m fee is accurate, it could well be yet another great deal for Juventus.

Have your say...
Waste of money. Waste of time. What is the point. Serie A will make him look great if he gets any game time. Although I think he will be warming the bench for them to be honest
on the 18th January, 2019 at 9:02pm
Even for free, I think juve need better players. Ramsey is not worthy of juve. Meanwhile, I think we should sell Dybala as he has talent but lacks juve mentality/mental strength. We can get well over €100M to finance purchase of Icardi and add some cash for an Isco/james Rodriguez or look for a cheap talented south american number 10.
on the 14th January, 2019 at 10:39pm
I like that Juve are flexing some Agnelli backed money. Paratici also trying to finish a deal with Trincao. De Ligt is another possibility along with Romero. I think Pjanic will be sold in the summer for big money. Then we can talk Pogba or Isco to come in return.
on the 12th January, 2019 at 5:15am
this is utter rubbish!

"Ramsey is only a strategy to attract Gareth Bale, why are you so dumb? Ramsey cost zero to Juve, he will not play if he's not fit in the system but surely, Bale will have more chance to come as a RW. IF Bale is coming, I think it would be time to sold also a winger - Cuadrado or Dybala"

Juve don't need or want Bale. Ramsey is technically better than all of our mids apart form Pjanic. As he plays riskier style of play- more defence splitting. its just if he stays fit.
on the 11th January, 2019 at 1:22pm
Ramsey is only a strategy to attract Gareth Bale, why are you so dumb? Ramsey cost zero to Juve, he will not play if he's not fit in the system but surely, Bale will have more chance to come as a RW. IF Bale is coming, I think it would be time to sold also a winger - Cuadrado or Dybala.
on the 9th January, 2019 at 12:58pm
I don't think Ramsey is fit for Juve because this player has no mentality to win. His ability to connect midfield to the front of opposite area, he's good. Juve needs player with huge mentality. I remember Patrick Viera once recruited to Juve from Arsenal at Moggi's era, he played very well but the most important was his hunger to win. Does Ramsey currently has the same willingness of mentality to win? I don't think so. I prefer Pogba or Eriksen (Spurs), or Rakitic (Barca)
on the 8th January, 2019 at 12:51pm
In response to John Toshack (his advice to Ramsey It makes me laugh that he is doubting he can adapt to playing football in Italy.Just because other players have not adapted,there is no reason to say A.R will not do so.
Juve are not stupid and want Ramsey for a good reason.
My advice to Ramsey is do not listen to all the negative comments.Playing for the OLD LADY would be a dream for any player.

on the 6th January, 2019 at 12:39pm
If y'all strategists and experts think that Juve's physios and J-Medical will keep Aaron's fitness to play around 15 games per season as in Arsenal, keep in mind Santi Cazorla was told he would not be able to walk again yet he scored two goals to Real Madrid.
on the 6th January, 2019 at 8:20am
Wow! so much negativity. Do you know Dybala can't play as a winger? He's a 2nd striker who likes to play between the lines to cover up his weakness because apparently he's uncomfortable when opposing defenders surround him in the box. He's not as good as Messi or Tevez. Not to mention Ronaldo has given less spaces to him in attack. That's why Juve need more MF who can roaming around opponent's 18 yard box and Ramsey is perfectly fit for that role.
on the 6th January, 2019 at 7:43am
In response to the person who has been baffled!!
How do people know what a player will play like in another team.So i suggest you wait and see what happens,then you can
be a critic of someone who plays for Juve.(or maybe you have crystal ball)

on the 5th January, 2019 at 10:18am
There are some stories that you'd think n say shut the front door! But Juve have this knack of bafling me with their signings. Back in the day when they signed O'Brien from Middlesbro; I'd never heard of him; Fabian O'Neill from Cagliari, Paramatti from Bologna, more recently Bendtner and Anelka. Ramsey is such a signing. No idea why Juve would want him, ltd technically and where do ppl get box to box. Can't defend for toffee, makes Arsenal lopsided by always going forward not helping in mf.
on the 4th January, 2019 at 7:37pm
Funny all the people commenting on his ability. The only question of his ability is his fitness. He clearly has a lot of ability.
on the 4th January, 2019 at 4:55pm
I could see this working, but I also think Juventus need to focus on having a DM.

Let me be straight up: You won't win with Pjanic playing that position. I laugh at how some think that's where he's best. He doesn't establish position. And more importantly he loses the ball a good amount in those areas. He gets closed down, he doesn't play the basic simple pass that a Jorginho or, believe it or not, Pirlo plays from back there. He isn't good in those tight spaces, in THAT position.
on the 4th January, 2019 at 4:53pm
Remnds me of Marchisio "il principin"
on the 4th January, 2019 at 3:59pm
it would be great if he could be released in January. but he came on a free so it cant hurt. one can only assume that if he comes in that khedira will leave in the summer to balance the books. but if I am juve I am looking at getting isco in the summer. that way you have a true trequarista who can also play outwide as a winger.
on the 4th January, 2019 at 8:40am
His wage is too expensive to be a squad depth or rotation signing, not talented or consistent enough to take juve to help deliver trophies, not popular enough that he'll increase merchandise sales or the profile of the Juve
on the 4th January, 2019 at 8:04am
Khedira all over again
on the 4th January, 2019 at 6:20am
Arsenal fans are mad they are letting Ramsey go. He was Arsenal fans player of the year last season. 31 matches 11 goals 9 assists
on the 4th January, 2019 at 2:29am
You answered your own statements as to why we don't need him- inconsistent, hasn't completed an entire season and EXPENSIVE !!!!

No thanks !!!!!
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 11:11pm
Decent player at his best but those days can be few and far between.

Better off going for Isco who might not cost a fortune in his current situation and is more talented than Ramsey.

If Juve continue to miss out on the CL, then signings like Ramsey, Can, Benatia, Sczcesny may be one of the reasons.

Would Real Madrid buy those 4? Unlikely.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 9:05pm
Ramsey is perfect for Juve as they do not have a box to box player.He will give us more energy around the pitch,we only have Matuidi which gives us that.If he arrives in January then all the better.

Forza JUVE.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 6:46pm
Waste of money, he is not technical enough to flourish in Italy. Why a bum like Ramsey? Another PL reject looking for a retirement home.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 6:31pm
Ramsey is overrated now? 21 starts 7 goals , and 8 assists last season in EPL. 8 starts 2 goals , and 6 assist this season. Ramsey for free is a steal.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 5:09pm
I forgot to add, how about Hector Herrera. Arsenal will probably pick him up to replace Rickety Ramsay.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 4:37pm
He is an interesting acquisition if it goes through but not something I would associate with value. I would rather we take a punt on Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Dortmund.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 4:31pm
Juve already have to pay Khedira and Can to sit on the bench injured, do they need more company?
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 2:01pm
LOL 6.5m net + bonuses for an overrated Welshman with injury concerns, has never driven his team to a best season on his own, or has been in top 10 Balon d'Or?

LMAO, even in PES/FIFA you'd be a fool to think this is a good idea...
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 12:47pm
I agree that Ramsey is a good acquisition, IF Juve decide to splash the cash next summer on e.g. Mbappe. I would take around 140-150 mill. Then a good, but not world class player for free is a fine move. But Ramsey won't win CL for you.
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 9:18am
Waste of money!
on the 3rd January, 2019 at 9:00am

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