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IZIEL THE DEAL
On Sunday, it was claimed that Aaron Ramsey was ‘excited by the prospect of playing under Jurgen Klopp’. The midfielder once seemed set to sign a new contract with Arsenal, but a collapse in negotiations means he is now destined to leave in the summer.
How will Arsenal replace him? By targeting a player wanted by Liverpool for bloody ages. Because that is how the transfer merry-go-round works.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal ‘have already found a replacement’ for Ramsey in the form of Piotr Zielinski, he of Napoli fame. A price of £30m is mentioned, but only in the headline. Sounds completely and utterly legit.
They attribute their claims to SportMediaSet, whose extensive story can be posted in its fully translated form here:
‘Arsenal has now resigned itself to losing Aaron Ramsey due to expire in June 2019 and is looking for a replacement. On Unai Emery’s notebook there is also Piotr Zielinski, a Polish midfielder who Napoli has no intention of giving up.’
No mention of £30m, you’ll notice. And there is an insistence that Napoli ‘has no intention of giving up’ the Poland international. Again, the Star omit that slightly important piece of information.
Still, he was worth £57m and Jurgen Klopp was ‘enthralled’ by him last month, so yeah.