Juventus rounded off a quite magnificent January transfer window by offloading the high-earning Aaron Ramsey to Scottish giants Rangers.
For some time this month, it appeared that allowing Ramsey to leave the club would be Juve’s only major bit of business in the mercato. But, a change of heart regarding their pursuit of Dusan Vlahović kick-started a hectic end to the January window which has now concluded with Ramsey’s exit.
After completing the signing of Vlahović on Friday, the Bianconeri sold Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur to Tottenham, signed Denis Zakaria as Bentancur’s replacement and came from nowhere to sign a centre-back for the future in Frosinone’s Federico Gatti.
Rangers have signed Aaron Ramsey from Juventus on an initial loan
With Juve’s intentions regarding Ramsey being clear for quite some time, the Welshman attracted plenty of interest from the Premier League over a January move. However, Burnley and Crystal Palace were both reportedly rebuffed, while offers from Wolves and Newcastle United weren’t forthcoming.
Thus, as we entered deadline day, it wasn’t exactly clear how Juve were going to get the 31-year-old off their books.
Thankfully, a buyer did emerge on the final day of the window in the form of Rangers. Earlier on deadline day, it was reported that Ramsey had accepted the Scottish club’s proposal after Juve had accepted a loan offer with an option to buy in the summer. The deal could be worth €8m should Rangers sign Ramsey permanently.
In the third farewell statement of the day, Juventus wrote: “Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus. The midfielder will play the remainder of the season on loan at Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.
“The Welsh midfielder made 70 appearances for the Bianconeri since arriving from Arsenal in 2019. He scored six goals, including one in the Champions League, in the away match at Lokomotiv Moscow, and five in Serie A against Verona, SPAL and Inter, Sassuolo and Sampdoria.
“Arguably the most precious was his strike against Inter, in the Allianz Stadium that was empty for the first time. His performance was capped off with the assist for Paulo Dybala’s splendid goal in the 2-0 victory.
“But above all, he contributed to the Bianconeri’s recent trophy haul, winning a league title, the ninth consecutive Serie A crown for Juventus, an Italian Super Cup and an Italian Cup.
“Thanks for everything and good luck Aaron!” the club concluded.
And that’s that, folks. What a thrilling window it’s been for Juventus. Their bold and astute work off the field must now translate onto the pitch in the second half of the season as Massimiliano Allegri’s rejuvenated Bianconeri go in search of an all-important top-four spot while fighting on three fronts.
They’ve put themselves in a brilliant position, that’s for sure.