According to a number of reports from journalists on the Arsenal beat, Aaron Ramsey looks likely to leave the club in the summer as there are now no new terms on offer for him to sign.
The Mirror and the Mail, not always the most reliable sources in fairness, say that the Welshman is keen to stay but without a concrete contract on which he can put pen to paper, his ten year stay in North London looks set to end.
The Welsh international, like Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech, is into the final year of his contract and despite months of negotiations has found no agreement with the club about his future.
The Mirror say we turned down a £50m bid in the summer and Arseblog News understands that Manchester United were the English club with the greatest interest in his signature during the last transfer window.
However, Arsenal did offer substantially increased terms to Ramsey which would have seen him achieve parity with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both of whom earn close to £200,000 a week.
It’s still far less than the £350,000 that Mesut Ozil takes home, but in terms of what he currently earns, it was a big improvement.
It wasn’t enough for Ramsey to commit though, and this is a story that, considering it was picked up by more than one source, appears to have been deliberately leaked. Whether it’s from the club’s side or the player’s side isn’t exactly clear, but you’d feel it’s more likely the latter than the former.
Either way, the longer it goes on, the more likely his departure is and perhaps it’s setting the groundwork for a January sale so Arsenal can at least recoup some of Ramsey’s value rather than let him go for free in the summer.
It’s a difficult first test for new Head of Football Raul Sanllehi, and we hope that one of his key tasks will be to ensure this habit of letting players get to the final year of their contracts is put to bed once and for all.