Report: Bayern Munich Confident of Signing Aaron Ramsey After Talks Breakthrough

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal FC control ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
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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:

Rory Smith @RorySmith

Clever move from Bayern - when you need a whole makeover, getting good players in for nothing is bright - and a praiseworthy one from Ramsey. A good deal for club, for player, for Britain. https://t.co/czVUris6Fx

Greg Johnson @gregianjohnson

Ramsey at Bayern makes a lot of sense.

Meanwhile, football writer Seb Stafford-Bloor can already envision how things could go for Arsenal:

Seb Stafford-Bloor @SebSB

Bayern Munich 6 (Ramsey 87’), Arsenal 1.

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:

arseblog @arseblog

Premier League assists for Arsenal so far this season: Hector Bellerin - 4 Aaron Ramsey - 4 Alex Iwobi - 3 Alexandre Lacazette - 3 Lucas Torreira - 1 Granit Xhaka - 1 Mesut Ozil - 1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 1 PE Aubameyang - 1 Danny Welbeck - 1

He's also a tenacious player who will work to regain possession for the team, per ESPN FC's Mattias Karen:

Mattias Karén @MattiasKaren

Ramsey has put in quite a shift defensively today. Certainly looks more at home in this deeper-lying role. #ARSSPO

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.