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Juventus eyeing up Ramsey
It was only last week that Aaron Ramsey was being tipped to follow Ivan Gazidis to AC Milan but now comes claims that the Arsenal midfielder is being courted by Juventus.
The Daily Star carries the news, citing Italian outlet CalcioMercato as its source, but there is a catch: apparently Juve will only make their move on Ramsey “if his wage demands are reasonable and his agent’s cut of the deal is not too high”.
CalcioMercato allege that Juventus are willing to sit down with Ramsey’s representatives in the hope of thrashing out a deal but they will come with a hard-nosed attitude.
That’s because they have learned their lesson from their experience with Emre Can, who arrived in Turin this summer on a free transfer from Liverpool.
The Star says that the Italian champions “were stung” by that transfer with Can pocketing an annual salary of €6m (£5.4m) while his agents “reportedly bagged €16m (£14.3m) for brokering the switch”.
Juve are determined they won’t be forced into making such an outlay again, hence their ultimatum to Ramsey.
It’s believed that the 27-year-old is attracted by the glamour of joining Juventus but he is also ready to weigh up offers from AC Milan, Lazio, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Gunners pursue Pepe
Arsenal and Manchester United have both decided to make a play for Nicolas Pepe in January, reports talkSPORT, with the broadcaster claiming that the pair “will go head-to-head in the race to snap up” the Lille star.
The 23-year-old winger has scored four goals and collected three assists in the first six league games and that’s convinced United and Arsenal that he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League.
According to talkSPORT Pepe has “admitted he would be open to a potential move” and they quote respected outlet France Football in reporting that the two clubs will table offers for the Ivory Coast international in January.
Apparently Unai Emery and Jose Mourinho are both “confident of thrashing out a deal for the in-demand Lille star”.