Tottenham are seen as the most likely suitors to sign Aaron Ramsey this summer, after reports in the Italian press claimed Juventus have made clear the price they hope to achieve for the midfielder.
Ramsey, 30, is in his second season with the Italian giants, having joined on a free transfer from Arsenal. However, he’s been tipped to return to England this summer, with many clubs said to be keen. West Ham’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Wales international, while Crystal Palace and Everton are also said to be keen.
However, il Gazzetta dello Sport claims it is Spurs who look the most likely suitor for the former Arsenal man. Any move to sign him would of course be a highly controversial one. Very rare do players cross the North London divide and when they do – Sol Campbell being a recent example – controversy reigns.
And while Ramsey’s potential move to Tottenham would come via Juve, it would still remain a highly contentious one. However, il Gazzetta claims the player’s history is not something that bothers Jose Mourinho. Indeed, they state the Portuguese firebrand sees Ramsey as a perfect replacement for Dele Alli, were the midfielder to depart this summer.
Furthermore, il Gazzetta claims Juventus are willing to let Ramsey move on if the price is right. As such, the Italian paper claims the reigning Serie A champions are seeking a fee of around €20m (£17.07m) were the deal to go ahead.
The paper claims Juve hope to raise a total of €50m this summer by also offloading Adrien Rabiot from their ranks. The French midfielder, rated at €30m, is a target for Everton.
That sort of money won’t be beyond Tottenham, though it seems their immediate focus is on Marcel Sabitzer. However, with competition fierce for the Austrian, a Spurs approch for Ramsey cannot be ruled out.
Kevin Campbell doesn’t rate Ramsey
One man who doesn’t seem to warm to the idea of Ramsey’s return to the Premier League is Kevin Campbell.
The former Arsenal man, speaking amid claims Liverpool could target Ramsey, insists the Welshman is not of the same calibre of the wantaway Georginio Wijnaldum.
He said: “He’s not Wijnaldum. Wijnaldum’s got a good engine and he knows how to score goals.
“I think he’s a good player but he’s not the same. He’s more of an attacking player whereas Wijnaldum’s a box-to-box player.
“Wijnaldum’s a really good, underrated player. I don’t think Ramsey’s as tough as Wijnaldum. He was part of those teams that got bullied at Arsenal, including by Liverpool.”