Report: Bayern Munich Confident of Signing Aaron Ramsey After Talks BreakthroughNovember 15, 2018
Bayern Munich are reportedly confident they will secure the signature of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey next summer.
According to The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke, Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in snapping him up on a free transfer at the end of the season. But it is said there "has been a recent breakthrough in talks" between Ramsey and Bayern.
As a result, the 27-year-old is "expected to sign a long-term contract" with the German giants when he leaves Arsenal next summer.
With Bayern being an overseas club, Ramsey can sign a deal with them from January, whereas Chelsea and Liverpool must wait to approach him.
Rory Smith of the New York Times and Football.London's Greg Johnson feel a move to Bayern would benefit all parties:
Meanwhile, football writer Seb Stafford-Bloor can already envision how things could go for Arsenal:
Ramsey's contract situation has been poorly handled by the Gunners, who are set to lose a valuable asset for nothing after they withdrew their offer of a new deal for the Wales international.
For Bayern, he could be a bargain capture, though.
With around 400 appearances for Arsenal and Wales under his belt, as well as three FA Cups, Ramsey is an experienced player but still in his physical prime.
The box-to-box midfielder is an incisive contributor in the final third, per Arseblog:
He's also a tenacious player who will work to regain possession for the team, per ESPN FC's Mattias Karen:
Bayern have perhaps gone a little stale in recent years, so they could use freshening up.
They won the title last season but only after sacking Carlo Ancelotti and falling back on former boss Jupp Heynckes to bail them out after a poor start. This season under Niko Kovac, they are fifth in the Bundesliga and already seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after 11 games.
Ramsey's energy and dynamism would likely see him fare well in German football, and it's not too often a player of his calibre is available for free—bringing him in would be a smart piece of business from Bayern.