West Ham U-turn prompts three-way battle as tempting terms set for struggler’s transfer

Date published: Sunday 26th September 2021 9:00 - Samuel Bannister

Aaron Ramsey may be allowed to leave Juventus for free in January if he indicates a desire to join one of his three remaining Premier League suitors, according to a report.

Ramsey was a standout player during his previous spell in England with Arsenal, where he made 371 appearances. Upon the end of his contract in 2019, he opted for a new challenge in Italy with Juventus. However, he has struggled to recapture the form he showed in the Premier League.

The Wales international only started 11 games in his debut Serie A season and followed it up with just 13 starts last term. As Juventus’ third highest earner on the wage bill, it is clearly not going to plan for either party. With that in mind, a return to the UK has been speculated for a while.

Ramsey was linked with several Premier League clubs over the summer. A report earlier this month confirmed he rejected several opportunities to fight for his place in Turin. But with just one start from Juve’s opening five games, Ramsey may be having second thoughts.

According to The Sun, the prospect of a January transfer is growing more likely for the midfielder, who will be 31 years old by then. What’s more, Juventus are willing to sanction his exit without a transfer fee, despite his contract lasting until 2023.

Given that they acquired him for nothing in the first place, such a transfer would not be a loss for Juventus. Furthermore, they would remove his large wages from the books. But if he wants similar terms at his next club, it may cause problems.

Prem trio want Aaron Ramsey transfer

The report reveals that West Ham, Everton and Newcastle remain interested in the Cardiff City academy product. All three clubs were tipped to take him back to the Premier League in the summer. However, in August, it was claimed that West Ham were walking away from a deal due to Ramsey’s wages.

Whether the Welshman is willing to drop his demands to facilitate a Premier League return remains to be seen. But it may be necessary if he is to make such a move.

Ramsey won five trophies in his past spell in England, lifting the FA Cup three times and Community Shield twice with Arsenal. He has won three honours with Juventus, but has not been a protagonist for any of those successes.

A transfer would seemingly be beneficial for him to get back on track as he approaches the twilight of his career.

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