Chelsea Reportedly 'Monitoring' Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey Ahead of Squad Overhaul

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal breaks from Patrick Cutrone of AC Milan during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and AC Milan at Emirates Stadium on March 15, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Aaron Ramsey, with the midfielder approaching the final year of his contract at Arsenal

According to Darren Lewis in the Mirror, following last summer's interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and January's purchase of Olivier Giroud, Chelsea are set to return to the Emirates Stadium with a view to bolstering their squad by moving for Ramsey.

The Blues are preparing to overhaul their squad ahead of next season after a poor defence of their Premier League title, which sees them sitting fifth in the top flight.

Ramsey's contract with Arsenal runs until June 2019, so he could be available for a relatively cheap fee if the Gunners fail to tie him to a new deal by the end of the season.

Per BT Sport (via Lewis), the Wales international recently said there has been little progress on new terms: "Nothing to comment on at the moment. I think they've been busy to tie up other contracts at the moment."

The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine season despite Arsenal's numerous woes during the 2017-18 campaign. He has netted seven goals and provided seven assists in a combined 21 appearances in the Premier League and UEFA Europa League.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is tackled by Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea amd N'Golo Kante  during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Ima
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Chelsea's midfield is in a state of flux.

N'Golo Kante remains a potent force—although he has not been quite as impressive this season as he was while winning the league with Chelsea and Leicester City in the previous two campaigns.

However, summer signings Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have both disappointed at Stamford Bridge, while Cesc Fabregas looks to be on the wane.

Ramsey is reaching his peak and has the Premier League experience that should mean he fits in easily at Chelsea.

If Arsenal fail to get him signed up to a new contract before the summer transfer window opens, it could be a sensible move from the Blues to bring Ramsey to Stamford Bridge.

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