Barcelona Transfer News: Gerson Agreement Reported, Latest Aaron Ramsey Rumours

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 24:  Gerson #30 of Fluminense advances the ball against Corinthians during their Brasileirao Series A 2015 match at Maracana Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Brazilian website UOL Esporte (h/t Edu Herrero of AS) reports Barcelona have "reached an agreement" with Fluminense to give them first option on attacking midfielder Gerson.

"Gerson will be Neymar and (Lionel) Messi's team-mate in 2016," noted the website, translated by Herrero. It is suggested Barca have paid €3 million to secure first dibs on a player who can head to the Camp Nou once the club's transfer ban concludes in January of next year, with the fee giving the Catalan club the edge on any other team looking to sign the young Brazilian.

Herrero's report indicates the final cost of the player is likely to be €20 million, although Fluminense want €30 million, which would be something of a major commitment from Barca. Gerson can play just behind the striker, further back in central midfield and is also capable of working from the flank.

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 17:  Luis Enrique manager of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez currently ripping through any side put in front of them, Gerson may be looking at a deeper, multi-functional role if he's to break into Luis Enrique's team. The 18-year-old has scored four goals in 15 appearances for Fluminense's senior side, and he is also said to have captured the interest of Italian champions Juventus, as reported by Herrero.

His qualities can be seen below:

Enrique continues to be linked with versatile midfield players, namely Arsenal's Aaron RamseySpeaking ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa, the Welshman suggested a move to Catalonia doesn't currently interest him, reported by BBC Sport:

"No, not at this time," said Ramsey. "I'm focusing on the FA Cup so that's what appeals to me at this moment in time. That's just something that's been written in the papers. I'm focused on Arsenal and winning the FA Cup. That sort of news doesn't affect me or even enter my mind."

Ramsey has shot to prominence in Arsene Wenger's team over the last two years, finally fulfilling his potential on the big stage. He is a classy technician—clever on the ball and capable of scoring goals—but it would likely take a mega bid for Wenger to cash-in on the player he has stuck by through hard times.

HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (L) scores their second goal as Robbie Brady of Hull City attempts to block during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadium on May 4, 2015 in Hull, England.  (Photo by A
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The 24-year-old suffered something of an injury-hit 2014-15 campaign, contributing six goals and six assists in 29 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com. His best ever return came during 13-14, when he scored 10 and set up eight in 23 domestic division showings for the north London side.

Ramsey has rapidly developed into a quality player, so it's a testimony to his own progress that he's linked with a move to Barca. He possesses the energy and natural skill to operate in La Liga's more technical style but also doesn't shy away from the gritty part of the game. It's difficult to suggest he is better suited to Enrique's team than the likes of Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, though.

Enrique is no doubt working avidly to land signings during the January 2016 window, coinciding with the transfer ban subsiding. He's hardly been afforded time to stamp his authority over the squad due to FIFA's restrictions, so we can expect notable changes to personnel soon.

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