Newcastle United appear to be leading the race for Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is set to leave Turin in the January transfer window.
News regarding the controversial Saudi-backed takeover of the Magpies rocked the footballing world last week. Their financial might will become clear in the coming transfer windows, and reports suggest Newcastle are ready to make Ramsey one of the first signings under their new ownership.
While his form for Wales suggests there’s plenty left in the 30-year-old’s tank – Ramsey recently scored against the Czech Republic in a 2-2 draw – he remains firmly on the periphery in Turin. It’s been a frustrating spell in Serie A for the former Gunner, with his time thus far blighted by injuries.
Ramsey has just 12 goal contributions in 69 Juventus appearances and has registered a mere 106 minutes of action for the club this season. There was hope Massimiliano Allegri would ignite the Welshman’s career in Piedmont, but that is yet to be the case. His time appears to be coming to an end.
Ramsey is surely one player the club will look to cut ties with in the January transfer window amid links to Donny van de Beek and Aurélien Djani Tchouaméni.
Gazzetta dello Sport’s Giovanni Albanese said on Tuesday (via @JuveFC) that he thinks “Ramsey is willing to leave Juventus” after coming to the realisation “that he can never be part of Allegri’s project.”
Ramsey has always backed himself to eventually prosper in Turin, but it appears that even the player’s hope is fading. “I think he is pushing to leave,” Albanese added.
The 30-year-old Welsh skipper has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League. In recent days, Newcastle have emerged as a protagonist in various Ramsey-related transfer rumours.
According to SportMediaSet, the Magpies have already made the “first contacts” in making a move for Ramsey and are willing to offer the player a three-year deal at the club. Gazzetta della Sport (via @ForzaJuventus) also understand that Newcastle are ready to offer Ramsey a three-year contract but are yet to speak to Juventus about a possible deal.
The project at St. James’ Park is one that’ll surely intrigue Ramsey, whose career is descending rapidly into obscurity at Juventus. It’s time for all parties to move on.