The latest midfielder that Chelsea have reportedly targeted and yet another top player in the Premier League who has recently managed to get close to running down his contract — De Gea few years ago, Sanchez last January, our own Courtois, et al. — is Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. Whether that’s all just coincidence, or perhaps a slowly emerging new paradigm remains to be seen.
For now, the important part is that Ramsey’s contract expires next year, same as Courtois, so if Arsenal indeed intend to collect a transfer fee for him, this summer is their best last chance to sell. However, if they’re trying to get him to sign an extension, they will have to accept most if not all of his demands. Almost all of the leverage rests with the player at this point.
So, are Arsenal planning on selling or extending? We don’t know. Neither does their new manager, Unai Emery, or so he claims.
“I don’t know. That is one question for the club and for the player.
”I am very concentrated. I am focused. My focus is thinking every day for training, the player, for the match against Lazio on Saturday and then Manchester City.
”The contract is one question for the club and for the player.”
Emery may not know what the future holds, but he’s certainly hoping that Ramsey stays.
“One question for the club and for the player. Our opinion, my opinion is clear, I want him to be with us. But it is one question for continuing speaking the player and the club.
”My opinion is he’s professional. He’s a player I want in this team.”
Ramsey didn’t feature in the game between Arsenal and Chelsea yesterday as he suffered a muscular injury in the moments leading up to match.
“He has one muscular [injury] and we decided not to start him playing the match because he is maybe a bigger risk for him. I am waiting for the medical assessment and not a big problem.”
-Unai Emery; source: Goal
Considering how the club three of the last four midfielders that Chelsea have signed (Barkley, Bakayoko and Drinkwater) were injured when we signed them, Ramsey certainly fits the profile.