On this day in 2019 – Aaron Ramsey signs pre-contract deal with Juventus

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Juventus have announced a deal to sign Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey when his contract with Arsenal ends on this day in 2019.

Ramsey, then 28, signed a pre-contract deal to join the Italian giants as a free agent when his contract with Arsenal expired at the end of June.

He signed a four-year deal with Juve on a salary of over £400,000 a week to become the highest-earning British footballer in history on a base salary basis.

Ramsey had held preliminary talks with Barcelona and received an offer from Paris St Germain, while Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan had all shown interest.

Signed by Arsenal at 17 from Cardiff for £5m at the age of 17, Ramsey turned down the London club’s offer of a new contract last September.

He made 262 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring 40 goals, with a season-high 16 in all competitions in 2013-14.

But his time in Italy was hampered by injury. He won the Serie A title with Juve in his first season and the Coppa Italia the following year, but only made 70 appearances in two and a half seasons, scoring six goals.

He never completed 90 consecutive minutes for Juve and became a fringe player when Massimiliano Allegri returned to the club as head coach in the summer of 2021.

Ramsey returned to the UK with Rangers on transfer deadline day last month, signing a six-month loan deal in a bid to launch his career.

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