Aaron Ramsey’s decade with Arsenal appears to be drawing to a close with reports suggesting that the midfielder has rejected a new contract with the Gunners.
Ramsey’s most impressive season at the Emirates came in the 2013/14 campaign where he scored 16 goals in 34 matches and added nine assists as the Gunners lifted the FA Cup.
While an important player for his side in the years since, the 27-year-old has since failed to reach the same heights as that season but will not be short of suitors as the Emirates exit beckons.
Here are seven teams which Ramsey could move to in January or next summer…
The Catalans have been linked with a move for Ramsey in the past but have never bid for the Welshman.
Barcelona are in the midst of a reshuffle after the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta and Andre Gomes, with Arturo Vidal a short-term solution.
While Paul Pogba and Frenkie de Jong are more likely targets, Ramsey is familiar with a passing style of football and is comfortable on the ball. He would also be a much, much more cost effective option than the aforementioned pair.
5. AC Milan
Another foreign side who have been linked with Ramsey in recent months is AC Milan.
The Rossoneri had been enjoying the beginning of mini revival under Genarro Gattuso, before a tough start to the new season.
Unlike at Barça, Ramsey could be an almost certain starter at San Siro, with the chance to prove himself abroad with one of Europe’s great clubs a potentially enticing one.
After the disappointment of recent midfield acquisitions like Davy Klaassen, Ramsey could be an ideal acquisition as Marco Silva looks to add the perfect blend of creativity and experience to his midfield.
The 27-year-old could provide much needed competition for the Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson in a more advanced role, or slot into a deeper position alongside the more defence-minded Idrissa Gueye.
Everton, however, are likely to prioritise signing a striker in January and will be reluctant to enter a wage auction on a midfielder as well. If Ramsey was to move to Goodison Park, it would most likely happen in the summer, when he is a free agent.
3. Manchester United
The headlines in recent weeks have been grabbed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Jose Mourinho’s reportedly strained relationship with the Frenchman has dominated the football discourse and the Red Devils are rumoured to be open to selling their record signing.
If Pogba was to leave Old Trafford, Ramsey could well move to Manchester as a cost effective, like-for-like replacement.
The Welshman would help fill the creativity void in United’s midfield should Pogba depart and is less likely to cause a furore off the pitch with controversial Instagram posts.
The Italian giants have been shock contenders for Ramsey’s signature but are amongst the favourites to sign him.
Despite their plethora of talent in midfield, Juventus are among the shrewdest operators in the transfer market and could attempt to sign Ramsey on a pre-contract in January, as they did with Emre Can last season.
The Arsenal midfielder could be enticed by the prospect of winning Serie A and competing in the Champions League after featuring in the Europa League for the past two seasons.
Ramsey has lived in London for 10 years and the chance to stay in the capital could be tempting.
A controversial move to Stamford Bridge is possible as Chelsea have regularly signed British in recent windows. However, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater have enjoyed limited success.
If the Cardiff youth product signed for the Blues, he could be an ideal replacement for Mateo Kovacic when the Croatian’s loan move expires next summer.
Chelsea have won the Premier League twice in four years, a record which could prove decisive as Ramsey searches for his next club.