Jamie Redknapp could not understand why Arsenal let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus last summer – and now the Welshman could move back to the Premier League with Liverpool reportedly tracking the midfielder.
Football website TransferMarketWeb have claimed that Liverpool are rivalling Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in a move to sign 29-year-old Ramsey, who is earning an enormous £400,000 a week at Juventus, as per BBC Sport.
The report claims Juventus could use Ramsey as bait to bring Paul Pogba back to The Old Lady, while Arsenal are keen to rectify their mistake by luring the former Cardiff City ace back to The Emirates.
Liverpool and Chelsea are also likely to be in the market this summer, with the Reds set to replace Adam Lallana – who is out of contract this summer. Naby Keita could also depart, with the Mirror claiming he is one of six players nearing the exit door.
Ramsey has had a difficult season with Juventus, starting only 12 times despite his 371 appearances for Arsenal – and Redknapp was astounded that Arsenal were not keeping him last summer, comparing him to Steven Gerrard in his Mail column.
“His brilliant performance only highlights the mistakes Arsenal have made over the last few years. How can they let such an influential player leave for nothing at the end of the season?” Redknapp said, after a Ramsey masterclass against Chelsea.
“At his best, Ramsey is like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the way he effortlessly gets from one end of the pitch to the other. Losing another of their best players in Ramsey on a free transfer has to be the last mistake they make.”
TBR’s view – Is Ramsey too expensive for Liverpool?
Even though he is unlikely to cost an enormous amount in transfer fees, given Juventus will be desperate to get his huge pay cheque off the wage bill and his lack of impact with the Italian champions – Liverpool will struggle to afford him.
There is no doubt Liverpool are more than capable of paying Ramsey his current wage. But it would see the entire Liverpool wage structure change. Other players would want more, who feel they are on a par with Ramsey.
Yes, he would be a top addition, but unless he takes a big pay cut, he is simply not financially viable.