According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Aaron Ramsey today signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus ahead of his summer move.
The Serie A giants pounced for the Wales international as soon as Arsenal pulled the plug on contract talks back in September.
Once his signing on fee is included, the 28-year-old will see his weekly earnings top £400,000, making him the highest paid British player of all time. Not bad.
Aaron Ramsey today signed pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in summer. 28yo penned 4yr deal after passing 2-part medical late Jan. Wales midfielder leaves Arsenal 30 June after 11yrs. Set to become all-time highest-paid GB player (basic salary), just over £400kpw #Juve #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) February 11, 2019
Since signing for Arsenal in 2008, Ramsey has been on a roller coaster journey unmatched by any other Gunner.
Turning down Sir Alex Ferguson to join forces with Arsene Wenger, he was just starting to deliver on his potential at first-team level when Ryan Shawcross snapped his leg in two in February 2010. After recovering from his horrific injury he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest and former club Cardiff to regain form and confidence.
While he struggled at times to shake off niggly injuries, he started to motor in an Arsenal shirt from the 2013/14 season when he scored 16 goals in 34 appearances including the drought-ending FA Cup final winner against Hull.
The midfielder would go on to win two more FA Cups, scoring the winner again in 2016 against Chelsea. To date, he’s made 359 appearances for Arsenal scoring 61 goals and making 64 assists. He also helped Wales to the semi-finals of EURO 2016; a competition that helped burnish his top-level credentials.
While supporters haven’t always agreed on his quality, there’s never been any doubting Aaron’s effort. We’ll be very sad to see him go.
Here’s hoping he can help us to a Champions League spot and a Europa League title before we pack him off to Italy.