By Emma Sanders
Real Madrid are preparing a sensational £25million bid for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Spanish giants believe Ramsey could link-up with compatriot Gareth Bale and form a brilliant partnership for the Champions League holders.
It is said Ramsey, 25, will be one of Zinedine Zidane’s top transfer targets in January and next summer and he could be an ideal target to improve the Spanish side’s midfield.
Zidane is willing to offer Ramsey an improved contract offer, including a much higher weekly wage than the current £90,000-a-week salary he is on at Arsenal.
Real Madrid are currently not allowed to make any transfer until January 2018 but they are contesting the FIFA ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It is believed Ramsey’s ability to play in any position across the attacking front line or in the centre of midfield is something which is attracting him to Madrid.
Ramsey was perhaps Wales’ most important player at the European Championships and his performances helped to lead them to the semi-final, as well as an individual place in the tournament’s best XI.
He has made just four appearances for the Gunners this season after suffering from an injury shortly after the pre-season campaign and now faces competition from Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi for a starting role.
Football Insider verdict:
Ramsey can score, create and has the energy of a springer spaniel. When fully fit, he is a nailed-on Arsenal starter and there is little chance that Arsene Wenger would want to offload a player with his best years ahead of him who would walk into any side in the Premier League. There may be plenty of options in the Gunners’ midfield at the moment but with a heavy cup and European schedule Wenger will want to keep hold of the versatile midfielder. Ramsey has proven his quality on both the international and Premier League stage so it’s unlikely Wenger will bow down easily to the Spanish suitors, no matter the size of the transfer fee.
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