In just a couple of months, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey can begin testing the transfer market. His contract expires at the end the season, which means that starting in January, he can negotiate with foreign teams (such as Juventus). And if he wants to stay in the Premier League, he only has to wait a few more months after that to move anywhere he wants for free.
ESPN reports that Ramsey is in fact open to switching allegiances to any of Arsenal’s top six rivals — although Liverpool are apparently not interested — and Manchester United and Chelsea are already monitoring his situation.
While Ramsey has insisted he will stay through the end of the season, Arsenal could sell him in January, too, like they did with Alexis Sanchez, to recoup some of the investment.
“Will I stay for the rest of the season? Of course, yeah. I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special. Everything has been going great with the club.
“We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case. So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season and I’ll leave the rest with the club now.
“That’s a decision that they have made and things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can. That’s all I am concentrating on, giving my best for Arsenal.”
-Aaron Ramsey; source: Metro
Even though negotiations have broken down, Ramsey remains motivated to do his best for the club until the (possible) end of his tenure. And he is doing well, scoring one goal and assisting three in eight league appearances this season.
Of course, all this can all change if Arsenal decide to reward Ramsey’s 10 years of service with a proper new contract. But if that does not happen, Chelsea could (should?) be ready to swoop in.