By Alex Stevens
Manchester United are lining up a shock £50million bid for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, according to a report.
New manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing up the midfielder as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Sun claim Mourinho is ready to wind up bitter rival Arsene Wenger by making a formal move for Ramsey, who is said to be rated at the £50million mark by Arsenal.
Ramsey, 25, is a key figure in the Wales team that has taken Euro 2016 by storm as they prepare for a last-16 clash against Northern Ireland.
He scored the opener for Chris Coleman’s team in their 3-0 win over Russia on Monday and is widely regarded as one of the side’s two outstanding players along with Gareth Bale.
Transfers between United and Arsenal are rare and it would be regarded as a major shock if Ramsey followed the path taken by Robin van Persie in 2012 and moved to Old Trafford.
Ramsey signed a new £110,000-a-week Arsenal contract in 2014 on the back of the finest performances of his career but he has subsequently failed to hit those heights and a mammoth offer could persuade the London giants to cash in.
The 25-year-old is a regular starter when fit but the £34million addition of Granit Xhaka this summer, the emergence of Mohamed Elneny and the returns of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere could mean the Welshman’s opportunities limited in his favourite position next season.
Football Insider revealed in April that Manchester City are also keeping an eye on Ramsey as part of a triple summer raid on the Gunners.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club look set to lose out to bitter rivals Tottenham in their bid to sign a prolific La Liga striker.