Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has reportedly signed a deal worth up to £400,000 a week with Italian giants Juventus.
According to the BBC, the Arsenal midfielder has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Serie A champions and will join in June, when his contract with the Gunners expires.
Ramsey, 28, is said to have passed a medical in January, having picked Juventus following talks with a host of European clubs.
The BBC say he will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary.
Many Gunners fans were left perplexed when the club was said to have withdrawn a contract offer made to Ramsey in September, despite an agreement being reached between both parties.
However, with news of this deal, the club’s position perhaps becomes a little clearer. The eye-watering sum of money Ramsey, who has been with Arsenal for 11 years, will be earning at Juventus would have made him the Gunners’ highest paid player and represented a monster increase in the wage bill.
Clearly, the club hierarchy and head coach Unai Emery felt an outlay anywhere near the sorts of numbers agreed with Juventus could not be justified.
Frankly, as good as Ramsey is and has been, I tend to agree.