Juventus might finally have a breakthrough in their efforts to get Aaron Ramsey off their books before the close of the January transfer window.
For Juve, getting rid of the highly-paid Welshman has been an arduous task up to this point. While several Premier League clubs expressed an interest in signing Ramsey this month, the midfielder refused to accept any of the proposals that came his way.
A turning point in the Aaron Ramsey saga as the player says yes to Rangers
Burnley and Crystal Palace have both been rebuffed by Ramsey, while a lucrative offer from Newcastle United didn’t arrive.
Thus, after initially appearing that the 31-year-old’s exit from the club would be a formality, Juventus headed into deadline day of the January transfer window without an obvious buyer for Ramsey.
Step forward, Rangers.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Scottish giants had opened talks with the willing Juventus over a move for the Welshman. Fabrizio Romano has since added that an initial loan with an option to buy has been agreed, while Romeo Agresti understands that Ramsey has accepted Rangers’ offer. HUGE.
While the details of the deal aren’t yet clear, Franco Leonetti, who was the first to break the initial link, believes that Rangers will pay a €2.5m loan fee to Juventus with the club having the option to buy the 31-year-old permanently for €5.5m in the summer. There’s also talk of Juve covering 30% of the player’s hefty salary for the remainder of the season.
This option could become an obligation should Rangers win the Scottish Premiership this season. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are currently two points clear of arch-rivals Celtic at the summit. However, the addition of Ramsey significantly bolsters their chances providing that he stays fit (which is hardly likely).
Nevertheless, if the deal does go through before Monday night’s deadline, I suspect plenty of Juventino will have a new favourite Scottish team! This would cap off a quite remarkable winter mercato for the Bianconeri.