Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
A report in Sport has claimed that the Wales international is available for sale. Ramsey’s departure from the Old Lady would pave the way for a return of Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona.Embed from Getty Images
Wolves are not the only Premier League side chasing the Welshman, with Tottenham expressing an interest as well in the former Arsenal midfielder.
Despite not having European football next season, Wolves are surely in the driving seat for the midfielder’s signature.
Why Wolves over Spurs
The simple reason is – Aaron Ramsey used to play for Spurs’ bitter North London rivals Arsenal.
Although we have seen players cross the North London divide before, such as Sol Campbell, Ramsey spent 11 years at the Gunners and is unlikely to move to Spurs when he has another option.
Endearing himself to the Arsenal fans, Ramsey scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final in 2014 versus Hull City. It was Arsenal’s first major trophy in nine years.
Therefore, any move to Tottenham would seriously risk upsetting a lot of Ramsey’s fanbase.
A move to Wolves would also provide Ramsey with a lot more playing time, with him having to compete with Dele Alli and Giovanni Lo Celso for the same spot at Spurs.
Obstacles for Wolves
Wolves may be the better option for Ramsey, but there are still considerable challenges that both parties would have to overcome to make the deal happen.
Firstly, there is the small matter of his wages. It was reported by the Evening Standard that Ramsey earns £400,000 per week at Juventus.
That is a salary far beyond what Wolves could afford. It is likely the club could only offer a quarter of that. This means that Ramsey would have to take a big pay-cut.Embed from Getty Images
Perhaps Ramsey would be prepared to do just that after earning such a hefty wage in Italy. With Juventus keen to get him off their payroll, it is likely he would be available for a cut-price transfer fee.
Secondly, there remain question marks over his form and fitness. Ramsey has not made set Serie A alight and only scored two goals in 22 games last season.
Wolves will be expecting a much higher output, especially if he were to become the club’s highest earner.
That being said, Ramsey would likely earn a starting role at Wolves in an advanced position where the team are screaming out for quality.
Let’s see how this one develops..