According to reports in today’s newspapers, Manchester United have identified Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, as a potential target to bolster their midfield.
Reports suggest that new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a new midfielder. After missing out on new Manchester City player Ikay Gundogan and the potential deal for Henrik Mkhitaryan still some way away, Mourinho has lined up Ramsey as his next port of call, should the bid for Mkhitaryan fail.
According to the papers, United are willing to spend up to £50 million on Ramsey, an obscene amount of money in my opinion, but a figure that Barcelona was also supposedly willing to pay back in the summer break of last season. Then again transfer figures have gone out the window in the competitive game, as £35 million will supposedly only buy you Troy Deeney these days.
Whilst Ramsey openly stated that the idea of living and playing in Spain attracts him, the Welshman has previously rejected United, before his move to Arsenal.
Ramsey was playing for Cardiff as a teenager and two of England’s biggest clubs locked horns to get the Welsh midfielder. Ramsey had offers from both clubs, but liked how Arsene Wenger contacted him personally and that Arsenal were also notorious for giving young players a chance in the first team. Ramsey subsequently rejected United (who he was supposedly a fan of) for Arsenal and moved to the Gunners in a cheap deal of £5 million plus add ons.
Many fans get on Ramsey’s back, primarily because like Giroud, he try’s to play in a fancy manner and look impressive for the camera, rather than play simple. Although it is impressive when pulled off correctly, more often then not his antics mean we lose possession and we are occasionally put on the backfoot. Aaron had a fantastic season a few years back and he was arguably our best player that year. He was confident, strong and not afraid to take a chance, but now his development as a all round midfielder has stagnated once again. Ramsey needs to pick up his game before he’s worth £50 million again in my opinion, so perhaps Wenger should take the money and run. It’s not like we are short of midfielders….