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Welsh international Aaron Ramsey will reportedly undergo medicals with Juventus on Sunday despite reports claiming he wants would be subjected to a swap deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Saurez.
The likelihood is Ramsey’s next club, with no transfer fee to pay, will make him the best-paid British player of all time.
It is understood his boyhood dream was to play for Barcelona but despite preliminary talks that option will not be pursued.
Ramsey has made more than 250 appearances since joining the Gunners from Cardiff City in 2008, but the Wales international has failed to agree on a new deal with the London club in the final year of his contract.
The impasse has enabled the 28-year-old to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs since Jan. 1.
The reports added that Juventus were set to pay the player 140,000 pounds (179,074 dollars) per week, a fee that would make Ramsey the club’s second-highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ramsey has made 18 league appearances this season, scoring twice, including a memorable strike against Fulham in October that was regarded by many as an early contender for goal of the season.
The reports added that while manager Unai Emery was keen to retain Ramsey, Arsenal need to keep their 200 million pound (255.64 million dollars) wage bill under control, leaving the club’s longest serving player open to leave on a free transfer.
Juventus are in pole position to sign Aaron Ramsey but his representatives are still to meet with other clubs before he makes a final decision. Story here: https://t.co/2tYFQHFSy3
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) January 10, 2019