AARON RAMSEY turned down summer transfer moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona in order to join Juventus.
The 28-year-old is leaving Arsenal as a free agent in the summer after signing a four-year contract worth £400,000 with the Italian Champions this week.
The Welshman failed to convince Unai Emery that he deserved a new Emirates contract after struggling to fit into the new manager’s system.
However, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, the Gunners received interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona over his signing this summer.
He claimed on the Football Daily podcast: “There was huge interest for Ramsey from a number of Europe’s leading clubs.”
“Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris-Saint Germain a very good offer from them as well, Bayern Munich and some preliminary talks with Barcelona as well, so Ramsey had the upper hand in these negotiations.
“It seems Juventus, who were always his preferred choice from a footballing perspective, seem to come up trumps on the money side as well.”
Although Arsenal were said to be the ones to renege on a contract extension for Ramsey, it was also claimed that the Welsh star also had his eyes on pastures new.
Ornstein added: “There wasn’t a physical contract on the table but an agreement was incredibly close to being reached [with Arsenal].
“By which point its my understanding that Aaron Ramsey wouldn’t have signed that deal that was being put forward, which may or may not be the reason that Arsenal withdrew.”
Juventus’ director of football Fabio Paratici revealed earlier this week that Arsenal failed to get the best out of Ramsey because they played him out of position.
Ramsey’s move to Italy will see him earning around £200,000-a-week after tax, which is more than he was asking for from Arsenal.
But the club’s decision to hand Mesut Ozil a deal worth £350,000-a-week meant they refused to meet Ramsey’s demands and forced him to run his current contract down.
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