Earlier we reported on reports that contract talks between Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal had broken down.
Now, the BBC’s David Ornstein has run with the story too, as has Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph who says that the club were not prepared to meet the Welsh international’s demands.
The BBC report says, “Negotiations have stopped and, barring an unlikely resumption, the 27-year-old will be sold in January or become a free agent next summer.”
Arsenal have made substantial offers, but Ramsey has often spoken about his desire to go play abroad at some point and having a reached a point where a Bosman move is within touching distance, perhaps whatever offer was made was never going to be good enough.
Speaking in 2015, after rumours of interest from Barcelona which he described as flattering, he said, “One day I would like to go over to Spain to play just to see what it’s like and to experience that.”
And while Arsenal may want to cash in in January, unless the deal is absolutely what Ramsey is looking for, then it’s going to be very difficult to do that when he can, quite rightly, see out his contract and move on a free in the summer.
Again, we reiterate that this contractual situation is just the latest example of Arsenal being unable to sort out deals with big players. Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were allowed to get to the final 12 months of their deals, and only the German remains at the club to this day.
Very poor AGAIN from Arsenal to have let Ramsey’s contractual situation get to this point (as well as Welbeck + Ozil/Sanchez/Ox last season).
Sanllehi needs to get on top of this ASAP.
But it also takes two to sign, and if Ramsey fancies a move abroad a Bosman opens more doors
— arseblog (@arseblog) September 27, 2018
There’s also an ongoing situation with Danny Welbeck, and Petr Cech is also inside the last year of his current deal, so this just the latest example of contract mismanagement, not a one-off.
For all the praise people want to heap on Ivan Gazidis, he was the link between the football side of the club and the boardroom which must sanction and finalise contracts with players. He allowed a culture to develop which is damaging both financially and reputationally, so let’s hope Raul Sanllehi can put things right in the years ahead.
Realistically, Arsenal have left something in the region of £50m+ in today’s market on the table by allowing this to happen, and that’s money that could have been reinvested in the squad.
David Ornstein says that a contract extension was recently agreed between all parties, but then Arsenal withdrew it 😳
A new + improved 4yr contract was recently agreed between Arsenal & Aaron Ramsey. But #AFC withdrew offer, are now not in a position to proceed. Most likely he’ll leave for free next summer, unless the perfect opportunity for both parties arises in January https://t.co/5EXUoIsZx2
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 27, 2018