Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Aaron Ramsey Exit Rumours

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IAugust 16, 2018

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 26: Aaron Ramsay #8 of Arsenal in action during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at the National Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reportedly confident they can keep hold of Aaron Ramsey despite interest in the midfielder from top clubs around Europe.

Barcelona, Lazio, Chelsea and Manchester United have all shown interest in the Wales international. Chinese Super League clubs are also admirers, according to the Mirror's John Cross.

Ramsey is in the final year of his Arsenal contract, and the Gunners are "desperate to tie him down" to a new deal, per the report.

The 27-year-old is one of Arsenal's most important players, but his contract situation will be cause for concern. If he does not sign an extension, he will be able to walk away for free next summer.

The midfielder is widely regarded as a complete player. He is strong in the tackle, can win back possession, is great in possession and has an eye for goal.

He has also provided some memorable moments since joining from Cardiff City in 2008. He scored the winning goals for Arsenal in both the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.

Ramsey is well aware of his importance to Arsenal and will want his new contract to reflect his standing at the club.

Mesut Ozil is Arsenal's highest earner after he signed a new contract worth £350,000 per week earlier this year, per Jeremy Wilson at the Telegraph.

There has been speculation Ramsey wants £300,000 a week to stay at Arsenal. However, his representatives, Avid Sports, have denied such reports, as shown by James Benge at the Evening Standard:

James Benge @jamesbenge

Clear denial from Ramsey agent following speculation he wants £300k to stay at Arsenal https://t.co/xb9CXuxOBQ

Manager Unai Emery has spoken about the midfielder's future and said "it's very important he says with us," per Danny Wittenberg at the Mirror.

Emery will hope to resolve Ramsey's contract situation quickly to avoid the drawn-out saga that happened last season with Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. 

And as Benge noted, addressing Ramsey's standing will be the club's No. 1 priority:

James Benge @jamesbenge

Wage bill pressure eased by departure of Ospina, though that looks like being a loan deal rather than permanent exit Arsenal wanted, and Campbell, who is having a medical at Frosinone. Still that Ramsey contract looms large over everything.

Ramsey may be waiting to see how the season unfolds under new manager Emery. The Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge of the club. It's a new era for the Gunners, which makes them something of an unknown quantity.