Arsenal and Wales playmaker Aaron Ramsey has agreed a deal to join Juventus at the end of the season, as reported by the BBC.
And BBC reporter David Ornstein has reported that Ramsey will earn an eye-watering basic salary of £400,000 a week with his new employers.
That is staggering amount of money for a player who has not been a regular in the Arsenal side this season, but of course the fact that he is a free agent gives Juventus more of their budget to spend on his salary.
The value for money such a high wage demand gives Juventus is the subject of debate, but it’s certainly clear that Arsenal were unwilling to go to that level to keep Ramsey.
And Mesut Ozil may be a key reason why. According to the Telegraph, the German World Cup winner earns £350,000 a week at the Emirates Stadium at present.
Just like Ramsey, he doesn’t start all the time under Unai Emery and those bumper wages might have got Ramsey to reconsider his own market value.
And the outlay on Ozil is also one reason why Arsenal couldn’t stretch to a level the Welshman wanted; and the German is one of the main blockages on Ramsey getting a first-team slot on a regular basis.
Ultimately, Ozil’s influence may just be all over Ramsey’s departure from north London and the amount of money he is getting for it.