AC Milan are hoping to follow up their move for Ivan Gazidis with a deal for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, according to a report.
Arsenal announced yesterday that chief executive Gazidis was finally leaving the Gunners to take up the CEO role with the Rossoneri. Gazidis, 54, had worked for the Gunners since 2009 and he admitted it was “the hardest decision of his life” to leave.
Calciomercato report that Milan will look to use Gazidis’ close contacts with Ramsey and Arsenal to see if there is a deal that can be done in January.
The Wales midfielder is out of contract next June and so is free to negotiate with clubs from abroad in January and AC Milan will try and take advantage of the situation.
The report suggests Ramsey is not an “immediate priority” for Milan, although if there is an opportunity to sign the 27-year-old next year they will be in the running for the former Cardiff man.
Ramsey is wanted by new coach Unai Emery and talks over a new deal with the club have been ongoing all summer.
The Evening Standard claimed last month that Arsenal “will not be held to ransom” over Ramsey’s new contract, but Mesut Ozil’s new £350,000-a-week deal has muddied the waters.
Reports have suggested that Ramsey wants a big increase on his £110,000-a-week wages, but Arsenal are unwilling to sanction such a deal with the wage bill already over £200million.
That may be the stumbling block for Milan, who may not have the financial muscle to offer Ramsey the raise he is looking for.
Ramsey was substituted and then left on the bench in the first two games, but has since played all three subsequent Premier League matches with Emery now, apparently satisfied that his mind is focused on the club.
The Gunners boss said last month: “I spoke with him last week. I said, ‘I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team’.
“The contract is another thing for his agent and the club, but we want – and I need – his focus only on training, on the match and his performance each day.
“I want the player to be focused only on Saturday. So that our players give our supporters quality and energy.”