Aaron Ramsey won't let up before he leaves Arsenal - Emery
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Sep 29, 2018,
Sep 29, 2018, 4:40
According to multiple reports in England, Arsenal has withdrawn a contract offer to Ramsey, after the Welsh global midfielder requested a contract similar to the one given to Mesut Ozil, which nets him around $23 million per season.
The Blues have been pushed out to 7/2 second-favourites, sitting ahead of Liverpool (5/1), Everton (6/1) and Man United (8/1) in the betting.
Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008 for £4.8million.
For Ramsey, after so long with one club, now may be his best shot at getting one last big contract within Europe's upper echelon of leagues.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remarked last season that Ramsey is now playing the best football of his career.
"They managed to keep hold of Ozil, but it has cost them an absolute fortune, and now this is what happens, the players are knocking on the door saying: 'If he's getting that, what are you going to give me?' The bar has gone up".
Chelsea appear to have sensed an opportunity to move for the enigmatic midfield player, with the Mirror indicating that they are keen on a deal.
However, negotiations over a new deal between Ramsey's representatives and Arsenal officials have come to a sudden halt.
"I think no [it won't change his performance]", he said. "They are professionals for 10, 12 or 15 years, but not more".
While Arsenal will miss out on the hefty transfer fee they could have received had they sold Ramsey during the summer, they could yet make good money on the midfielder by offloading him during the winter transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season.
It is even said that Ramsey wanted a large pay rise in lieu of the £350,000-a-week deal handed to Mesut Ozil back in February after the play-maker long delayed putting pen-to-paper.
Ramsey is approaching the final months of his current deal with the club and will be free to speak to potential suitors from January.