As Juventus look to reduce the pressure on their wage bill, AC Milan are eyeing a loan move for one of the club’s highest paid players.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has taken over the reigns at the Allianz Stadium after the club faced two substandard seasons after his exit from the post back in 2019. While the Bianconeri did little in the Champions League in either campaign, they were also knocked off their perch as Serie A champions by Inter Milan, who ended Juve’s nine-year dominance.
Unfortunately, the Bianconeri will not be able to provide Allegri with much of a leeway in the transfer market, meaning the 53-year-old will need to make do with the resources he currently has. Apart from that, some players could also be sold as Juventus look to balance their books and reduce a highly inflated wage bill by the end of the transfer window.
Calcio Mercato has reported that Aaron Ramsey is on AC Milan’s radar. The Rossoneri are pondering over a loan move for the Welshman, who is one of the highest earners in Turin. Since arriving from Arsenal ahead of the 2019/20 season, the 30-year-old has failed to secure a starring role in the team and is among those who will be shipped out this summer.
Ramsey has failed to attract any interest from a club which would be willing to permanently sign him, which makes a loan move his best possible option. Milan, like most others, will be unable to afford his wages, which is why they are looking to sign him only on a loan. If the move goes through, it will be interesting to see how the player progresses at the San Siro.
One of the most important reasons why the midfielder struggled at Juventus was because of their defensive tactics. They defend in a low-block and play their attacking game using the wide areas, which is a system that Ramsey is unfamiliar with. Arsenal, his former club, and Wales, his national side, both play a more direct brand of football unlike the Bianconeri.
Milan play similarly and can certainly accommodate Ramsey in their midfield too. The 7-time European champions are back in the Champions League as well this season, which is surely going to be a decisive factor in Ramsey’s choice of joining them on a loan. Additionally, he will also be able to team up with his former teammate, Olivier Giroud.
Giroud and Ramsey formed a formidable partnership at the Emirates Stadium and shared a great chemistry on the pitch. The French striker’s hold-up play benefitted Ramsey, who would get into the box and score goals as well. At Juventus, he lacks a quality midfield or a good hold-up player who he can link up with, which is another reason for his clinker.
Even though a successful loan spell at Milan may not be the most helpful option for either the player or his parent club, particularly due to their contrasting approaches to the game, it will definitely help Ramsey in securing a permanent move elsewhere next summer and Juventus in offloading a significant earner from their team.
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