Here we go again with another one of Arsenal’s boring long-drawn out contract negotiations as it now looks extremely unlikely that Aaron Ramsey is going to re-sign with the Gunners unless his massive wage demands are met. I am certainly glad that the EPL transfer window closed early or we would be subject to endless rumours about Man United and Chelsea waiting in the wings to snatch the Welshman on deadline day, so we only have totally unrealistic mentions of European teams like Barcelona and the latest one is Lazio, according to a report in the Mirror.
But the RedTop do still think that Arsenal will convince him to stay, despite listing all the possible clubs he could go to. They reported…
Arsenal are confident Aaron Ramsey will sign a new contract despite big-money offers from abroad.
Chinese Super League clubs are keen on the 27-year-old midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract.
That comes on top of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, with Lazio and Barcelona also linked with the Arsenal star.
But Gunners cannot afford to lose one of their prize midfield assets and are desperate to tie him down.
The Londoners gave German international Mesut Ozil a new deal worth £350,000 a week in January and the Welsh star also wants a big increase.
Ramsey knows he could comfortably command in excess of £250,000 a week if he bides his time and becomes a free agent.
I’m not sure why he thinks he could earn that much unless he goes to United, Chelsea or City, as not many other clubs could afford wages like that, especially a club like Lazio who is just another Europa League side (like us!).
But if he does believe that, then I can only see the outcome of Ramsey running down his contract and taking his chances as a free agent. I refuse to believe that Arsenal will pay him that to get him to stay beyond next season. Do you?