Franco Baresi Says Aaron Ramsey Free Transfer Is a 'Great Coup' for Juventus

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Italy legend Franco Baresi said Aaron Ramsey's capture on a free transfer is a "great coup" for Juventus.

The Arsenal midfielder has agreed a deal to join the Bianconeri at the end of the season after the Gunners withdrew their offer of a new contract. 

Per BBC Sport, former AC Milan star Baresi said: "I've seen him play. He's obviously a great player. I think Juve has really landed a great coup there, and I'm sure he'll be able to adapt to Italian football."

The Welshman will leave the Gunners after more than a decade at the club, having joined from Cardiff City at just 17.

Juve have become adept at using free transfers to their advantage over the years:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Juventus *love* a free transfer. We've put together the ultimate XI of players they have signed on a free in the 21st century. New entry: Aaron Ramsey. ⚫️⚪️ https://t.co/XRQB5A0sEG

The Bianconeri are on the verge of their eighth consecutive Serie A title, having built up a 15-point lead over Napoli with 10 matches remaining.

Adding Ramsey to their midfield options should make them even stronger next season.

Only Alexandre Lacazette has contributed more assists for Arsenal in the Premier League this season than Ramsey's six, and the Frenchman has started 21 games to the Wales international's 12.

Overall, Ramsey has eight assists in all competitions and four goals from 20 starts. Last season, he finished the campaign in double figures for both.

As well as his attacking contributions, Juve fans can also expect him to put in a shift defensively, as he did in Arsenal's recent 2-0 win over Manchester United:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Aaron Ramsey won eight tackles against Man Utd; more than any other player on the pitch and at least twice as many as any other Arsenal player. Super Ramsey to the rescue again. 🦸‍♂️ https://t.co/tkAq6LvIU0

Following the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, Juve will hope Ramsey's arrival can continue to enhance their prospects in the UEFA Champions League:

OptaPaolo @OptaPaolo

26 - Starting from his debut in Champions League (21/10/2008) Aaron #Ramsey has won 26 games in the competition, more than any other Arsenal's player in the period. Mentality. https://t.co/uCjFxm3dHn

There aren't many teams in Europe that the Welshman would struggle to find a place in, so to have signed him for free is indeed a significant coup for the Italian side.

He'll improve the quality and depth of their options, so if he settles well in Italy there's no reason he can't be a success there.