Aaron Ramsey: Juventus leading race to sign Arsenal and Wales midfielder

Arsenal want Hector Herrera to replace Aaron Ramsey in the summer

"If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prize assets leave for nothing", said Keown, writing in the Daily Mail.

The Welshman has spent the last decade at Arsenal, however, discussions over a new deal broke down earlier this season and, with his contract expiring this summer, he has reached an agreement for a move to Turin.

Given that Juventus are also looking to bolster their midfield options, with Sami Khedira, reportedly set on leaving soon, the move makes sense. He played with a big commitment to us.

'His future is for him, his family and his agent.

"I don't know how his situation is but I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan)".

"I respect his decision a lot". For me the most important [thing] is Ramsey is with us.

Ramsey is said to have been given permission by Arsenal to fly out to Italy after Saturday's match with West Ham United to finalise a switch, which will go through at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal fans just hope he doesn't end up joining a Premier League rival, because according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein, the Wales worldwide has a preference if he were to stay in England.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey would favour a move to Liverpool if he decides to remain in England when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to the BBC.

Awkward. Arsenal fans have only just recovered from losing to Liverpool 5-1 last month, so it would destroy them if Ramsey joined the Reds.

Ultimately Arsenal were not prepared to meet his salary demands, with some among the hierarchy regretting the new deal given to Mesut Ozil a year ago, worth £350,000 per week, and determined to avoid a repeat.

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