PSG Reportedly Plotting Move for Arsenal Star Aaron Ramsey When Contract Expires

?Ligue One giants Paris Saint Germain are reportedly looking to join the race to sign Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey next summer when the Welshman’s contract expires at the Emirates.

Ramsey’s contract troubles at Arsenal have become common knowledge in the past couple of months, and it’s now understood that the north London club will not look to extend the Welshman’s contract next summer. This news has alerted multiple of Europe’s top clubs, and while Bayern Munich were thought to be confident of signing the midfielder, it’s understood they’ll now face competition.

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According to Paris United, PSG have made contact with Ramsey and his representatives in order to try and arrange a deal for next summer. The Parisian club have been searching for a midfielder since the departures of Thiago Motta and Giovani Lo Celso and appear to have settled on Ramsey as an adequate replacement.

It’s understood that former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger alerted the French club to the availability of the Welsh midfielder, though there are doubts over Ramsey’s ability to stay fit for prolonged periods of time, after numerous serious injuries during his Arsenal career.

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Ramsey isn’t the only option for PSG however, Paris United report that the club have also been keeping tabs on Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, though there’s been limited progress in that regard, with Watford seemingly unwilling to sell. 

If PSG do decide to pursue Ramsey next summer, it appears they’ll have some significant competition, so they’ll do well to tie up a deal in principle as soon as possible.


Bayern Not Expected to Make James Rodriguez Loan Permanent as Scouts Prepare to Watch Aaron Ramsey

?Bayern Munich have been tipped not to make James Rodriguez a permanent member of the squad when the Colombian’s two-year loan from Real Madrid finishes at the end of the season. It comes just as the German champions step up their interest in Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey.

James arrived in Bavaria in 2017 after struggling to impose himself at Real. Bayern have already paid a reported €13m loan fee, but the player had a decidedly mixed debut campaign and has only started five Bundesliga games for a team that has struggled so far this season.

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And James, winner of the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot, was on the bench for the biggest game of the season last weekend when Bayern were beaten by Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

According to German publication Kicker, Bayern are planning a major squad overhaul with a €200m budget that could include Croatian winger Ante Rebic, Hoffenheim defender Kevin Vogt and current Bundesliga top scorer Luka Jovic all moving to the Allianz Arena.

That €200m apparently does include the €42m option Bayern have on James, suggesting that a permanent deal is unlikely and that he will be leaving the club come summer.

At the same time, Bayern appear to be seriously stepping up their interest in Ramsey, who is expected to leave Arsenal as a free agent in June after the Gunners withdrew their final contract offer following months of unsuccessful negotiations with the Welshman.

It was reported earlier this week that Bayern are ‘confident’ of securing a deal with Ramsey. And the reigning German champions are seemingly keeping a close eye on the player as a Daily Mail story reveals that scouts will be present to watch Ramsey in action for Wales on Friday night.

The same report also notes that negotiations with Ramsey are at an ‘advanced’ stage.

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Some might even consider Ramsey to be a potential ‘replacement’ for James in Munich.


Signing Aaron Ramsey on a Free Transfer Will Not Help Bayern Munich Win the Champions League

?Bayern Munich haven’t won the Champions League or even reached the final since 2013. For a club among the elite that has so easily dominated its domestic league in recent years – Bayern have won each of the last six Bundesliga titles by at least 10 points – they have fallen short.

What’s more, it feels as though the club is now falling further away from being able to genuinely challenge for the Champions League after failing to reinvigorate an ageing team and bringing in players who are not good enough for the level Bayern want to be at.

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Reputable speculation that the club is ‘confident’ of landing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer in the summer is just further evidence of that.

And the recruitment policy that kept Bayern on top in Germany for so long, plucking from the ‘best of the rest’ to weaken their domestic rivals, appears to no longer be working either. They are currently seven points adrift of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, a gap that was increased when Dortmund beat them in Der Klassiker at Westfalenstadion last weekend.

Ramsey is billed as being part of a much needed ‘refresh’ for the Bayern squad. But bringing in players who are not as good as those in need of refreshing is not the answer.

The Welshman has always been a talented individual, but world class he is not. Arsenal have already shown that they are starting to function without him, with manager Unai Emery only prepared to use him as a substitute in each of the last five Premier League games as other midfielders like Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guenduozi get priority.

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Ramsey, who deserves praise for fighting back from a horrific broken leg early in his career, has often offered promise for Arsenal during a decade at the club. He has shown flashes of brilliance at times, but never enough to push the Gunners back to the top. If he hasn’t been able to do that for Arsenal, how will he at Bayern where the expectation is higher and the pressure greater?

Perhaps adding a little extra ‘depth’ to a squad already full of depth but thin on actual front row quality, Ramsey is not the player that Bayern need if they are to realise their ambitions.

This is not about criticising Ramsey for not having enough elite quality because it appears to have become a familiar story. Where once they were able to sign Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund, a player with proven Champions League pedigree before he arrived, Bayern have since brought in players like Sandro Wagner and Serge Gnabry.

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Leon Goretzka has only played a bit part role since his much talked about free transfer from Schalke and arguably isn’t the world beater many expected or hoped he would be. Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have been incredible servants but continue to play significant roles at a combined age of 69, while Renato Sanches is suddenly getting games again after returning from a dismal loan spell at Swansea.

Bayern were also one of the club’s rumoured to be interested in signing Emre Can for free, a player who hasn’t been deemed good enough to command a regular place at Juventus – a team Bayern aspires to compete against in Europe – and has started only three games this season.

Bayern’s recruitment has let them down. It is not entirely their own fault as Der Spiegel’s major exposé on Manchester City earlier this month explained how they had been interested in signing Kevin de Bruyne in 2015 but were simply blown out of the water by the Premier League side.

The same Der Spiegel report further suggested Bayern were also interested in Leroy Sane a year later, but were again unable to match City’s alleged promise of guaranteeing that he would earn an astonishing €28m in his first three seasons.

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But notwithstanding an inability to compete with Manchester City in the transfer market, precious few – if any – can, Bayern must know that they have to do better than signing players of the quality of Aaron Ramsey if they are going to be European champions again any time soon.


Bayern Munich ‘Confident’ of Signing Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Free Transfer

?Bayern Munich are reportedly ‘confident’ that they have won the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer when his contract with the Gunners expires in the summer.

After months of contract negotiations seemed to yield no agreement, Ramsey saw a final offer withdrawn by Arsenal and had been linked with both Liverpool and Chelsea when it became apparent that he would not be extending his stay in north London.

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However, more recent speculation suggested that neither Liverpool nor Chelsea were likely to make an approach. Now, according to The Independent, Bayern ‘believe that they have won the race’.

As such, Ramsey, who is eligible to formally sign a pre-contract with any foreign club in January when he enters the final six months of his Arsenal contract, has been tipped to sign a ‘long-term’ deal with Bayern that will begin at the start of next season.

It is expected to represent part of a wider ‘refresh’ of the Bayern squad after a poor start to this season has threatened the club’s domestic dominance after winning the Bundesliga title by a minimum of 10 points in each of the last six seasons.

Borussia Dortmund lead the standings, with Bayern seven points off the pace in fifth place. The gap was extended when Bayern were beaten by Dortmund in Der Klassiker last weekend.

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Bayern are no stranger to snapping up free agents. The Bavarian giants landed Leon Goretzka in the summer and famously paid nothing when they snatched Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund.

Assuming the report about his impending German adventure is accurate, 27-year-old Ramsey will tread a relatively untravelled path as a high profile British player moving overseas at the peak of his career. Similar examples are rare but include David Beckham, Michael Owen and Gareth Bale joining Real Madrid in 2003, 2004 and 2013 respectively.

A handful of British youngsters, including Oliver Burke, Ademola Lookman, Reece Oxford, Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have played for German clubs in recent seasons.


Sandro Wagner Insists Bayern Munich Are Still a ‘Better Team’ Than Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has played down the notion that they need to undergo a rebuilding process following their defeat in Der Klassiker, insisting that the Bavarians are still the best team in Germany.

The 30-year-old striker came on as a second half substitute against Dortmund as the reigning Bundesliga champions threw away the lead twice before Paco Alcácer’s strike settled the thrilling encounter, opening up a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga.

But Wagner is adamant that Bayern Munich are still a ‘better team’ than Borussia Dortmund, adding that any talk of the club needing to undergo some kind of a makeover is ‘rubbish’.

It’s crazy when you look at the league table. We are fifth, which can’t be the aspiration of Bayern Munich or us players,” Wagner said, quoted by Goal.

“We have to win the Bundesliga title this year, anything else would be a disappointment. We have the best team by far, in Germany.

“Of course, Dortmund have played a couple of good games, but in my opinion, we are the better team.

“Therefore, every single player needs to have the ambition to become a German champion. To say it’s a rebuilding phase or similar is rubbish.

“We have to win the Bundesliga.”

Bayern Munich have been well off the pace this season, although there were positives to take from their first half performance at the Westfalenstadion last weekend.

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The reigning champions can get their season back on track when they host Fortuna Düsseldorf after the international break, before focusing their attention on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League against S.L. Benfica.