The Serie A giants are one of a number of clubs that the 28-year-old plans to meet in January with Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid also tipped to hold talks. He is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from tomorrow.
Having pulled out of contract talks, the Arsenal hierarchy seem happy to let Ramsey leave on a free transfer rather than flog him when the January transfer window opens – that’s despite the fact Unai Emery will have limited funds to spend.
In Ornstein’s words: “Any permanent acquisitions, loan fees and salaries will be drawn from a modest budget and therefore loan deals are more probable.”
Barcelona’s Denis Suarez is mentioned as a loan target while Chelsea’s out-of-favour Gary Cahill has been doing the rounds as another option. There are no plans to recall any players currently on loan.
For the sake of clarity, the BBC man makes clear that there’s no chance of Kroenke funding a splurge.
Even if by some miracle the American had wanted to get out the chequebook, Ornstein points out our hands would be tied by Financial Fair Play regulations and the Premier League’s wage bill rules.
Balancing the books these days is like a bloody Rubik’s cube. Remember, we had to offload a load of big players in January to reallocate funds to Mesut Ozil’s pay-rise and the wages of new recruits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Things should ease up a bit in the summer when the adidas kit deal kicks in.
Basically, if you’re sitting by the chimney hoping Santa is going to make us a delayed visit in the coming month, that’s not going to happen. A couple of tweaks aside, Unai has to get his current squad firing again if we’re to achieve the club’s ambition of a return to the Champions League.
Happy New Year!