Arsenal are reportedly set to open contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, who is being targeted by Manchester United for a summer move.
According to a report by Daily Mail, Arsenal are desperate to tie Aaron Ramsey down to a new deal at the Emirates. The Welshman is the subject of interest from Manchester United, who are looking to land him in a sensational move in the summer transfer window.
Ramsey has managed to get his career back on track after a gruesome leg injury in the early stages of his spell at Arsenal. Since enjoying a major breakthrough in the 2013-14 season though, the player has been a vital component in Arsene Wenger’s first-team setup, although injuries have continued playing spoilsport here and there.
This season, Ramsey has been in his elements once again, and has been one of the key contributors for Arsenal, who have otherwise largely had a campaign to forget. The Welshman has a fantastic record of 9 goals and 10 assists in 25 appearances across all competitions, a major reason why a former suitor – Manchester United – have reignited their interest in him.
With a little over one year remaining on his current deal with Arsenal, concerns have been mounting over his future at the club. The Gunners are fearing that they could soon find themselves in a situation similar to Alexis Sanchez, who would coincidentally go on to join Manchester United in a swap deal.
Arsenal are, thus, now desperate to tie Ramsey down to a new deal and keep him away from the clutches of Manchester United. Arsene Wenger, though, is confident that the Wales international will renew terms with the Gunners soon enough, although they will need to bump up his £110,000-a-week wages considerably.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are one of the few clubs that can offer him a much fatter paycheck than the one he gets at Arsenal currently. The Red Devils are set to launch the offensive for a player who they had nearly signed before he made his way to the Emirates back in 2008.
Indeed, midfield reinforcements seem to be a priority for Manchester United, who are set to lose Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini at the end of the season to retirement and a free transfer, respectively. But, the interest in Ramsey, in particular, comes as a bit of a surprise, with the Welshman eerily similar to Paul Pogba in his style of play.
While Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, recent reports have suggested that Manchester United aren’t even considering selling him. Thus, while Ramsey can bring vital experience to the table, his arrival from Arsenal will create unnecessary overloads in midfield, when the need of the hour is a different profile of player.
It now remains to be seen how things pan out in the coming months, and if Arsenal are able to tie Ramsey down to a new deal. If not, Manchester United might just come calling for him, raiding the Gunners for the second successive transfer window.