Arsenal are said to be interested in potentially swapping Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey.
The 30-year-old midfielder spent 11 years in north London after signing from Cardiff City as a teenager and went onto win three FA cup trophies for the Gunners, scoring the winning goal in two of those finals.
He hasn’t had the easiest of times since moving to Turin, primarily because of a lack of regular playing time, and now Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim that Arsenal and Juventus have been in discussions over a potential swap deal.
Bellerin, who has just two years left on his current deal, is one of the players transfer chief Edu could be looking to move on this summer, as Arsenal look to overhaul their squad before the start of next season, following their worst campaign in 25 years.
football.london understands the club will be looking to target transfers in five positions across the pitch – and central midfield is one of those, as well as the creative void that needs filling.
That need has only been highlighted further after the Gunners missed out on Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa – and bringing Ramsey back could help to add goals from their midfield, something they’ve desperately struggled with over the past couple of terms.
A potential deal would allow the Gunners to solve two transfer issues in one, but given Arsenal’s tight summer budget, the Welshman’s huge wages of £400,000 per week would likely prove a major stumbling block in any approach.
Alternative options include Wolves star Ruben Neves and Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Wolves reportedly must sell in the transfer window after a disappointing season at Molineux, whilst Bissouma’s close relationship with Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe suggests that he could be keen on a move to the Emirates.
Ramsey has already suggested he will remain a Juventus player, however, when reflecting on a “frustrating” campaign.
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“It’s obviously been a very frustrating period for me over the past couple of years picking up several niggling injuries,” he told Sky Sports last week.
“When you go to a new club, you want to hit the ground running, to show everyone what you’re capable of doing consistently. Injuries that set you back a couple of weeks prevent you from generating any rhythm. Covid hasn’t helped.”
When asked if he will be returning to Turin after the rescheduled European Championships with Wales, Ramsey added: “Yes, I’m a Juventus player.”