Reports in Italy claim Newcastle United have made enquiries about signing Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the summer transfer window.
The 30-year-old has completed two years of a four-year contract in Turin. He signed on a free transfer after running his Arsenal deal down and big things were expected of the Wales international. He has shown glimpses of his talent but it has generally been a disappointing spell in Italy.
The former Cardiff City ace made just 11 Serie A starts in 2019-20 and two more last term. He has often been used off the bench and his time with the Old Lady may be coming to an end.
A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested. Back in June, Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham and former club Arsenal were linked.
And a week ago, the unthinkable link emerged as Tottenham were added to his list of suitors. There has been no news if any of the aforementioned clubs have made an offer.
But it seems they have company as the Magpies have also been mentioned in connection with the player, according to Goal. Steve Bruce is looking for reinforcements but has yet to make a signing.
He is working in the shadow of owner Mike Ashley – never one to readily loosen the purse strings. It is not mentioned whether the Tynesiders would be looking for a loan deal, but that is the likeliest scenario.
Ramsey keen on Juve exit
Ramsey scored 64 goals from 369 appearances for the Gunners. He also assisted many and was a player to excite the Emirates faithful.
But he has found the net just six times for Juventus while also struggling with injuries. And during Euro 2020 the Welshman opened up, dropping a huge hint that his future lies away from Juve.
“The last two seasons at Juventus have been very difficult, frustrating, not just from a physical point of view. I want a place where I can feel good again,” he said. “There have been many factors and changes that I haven’t been used to.
“So, I take it into my own hands and have the right people around me to try to come up with the best possible plan to get myself back into a place where I am feeling good and confident again.
“The Welsh staff and medical team have been brilliant, they have been open for discussions and it’s important to all be on the same page.”