Friday, 22 May 2015

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Barcelona eye £50 million raid for Aaron Ramsey

Barca bound? Aaron Ramsey is a £50m target for Catalan giants
Barca bound? Aaron Ramsey is a £50m
 target for Catalan giants Photo: ACTION IMAGES
Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Arsenal FC in 2015. Barca could sign pre-agreement with Gunners and wait until January 2016 - when transfer ban is lifted
Barcelona plan to make a £50 million-plus bid for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the summer, despite their transfer embargo.

The Sun reports that Barca coach Luis Enrique had Ramsey watched for the 10th time this season when Arsenal took on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And, it seems, they will have a presence at the FA Cup final a week on Saturday to cast their eye over him again as they ready a summer deal for the 24-year-old.

But how do they get round their transfer ban? Well, The Sun claims the Catalan giants could sign a pre-agreement with the Gunners and wait until January 2016 - when the ban is lifted - to play him, or sign him and loan him back until the ban is lifted.

Either way, we are told this will not derail their quest for a ninth swoop on Arsenal since 2000!

Ramsey currently earns £125,000-a-week and has four years left on his current deal at the Emirates, but Barca are willing to start the bidding at £50m and will go higher.

Well, they've already spent £123m on Arsenal players over the years, what's another £50m?

Arsenal are showing interest in Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The 25-year-old Senegal international is wanted by Marseille as a possible replacement for Chelsea and Real Madrid target Giannelli Imbula, but, according to The Daily Mail, is keen to play in England.

Agent Mark McKay has been given authority by Lille to sell with a price of £7m.

The Gunners have also reportedly agreed terms to sign Juventus starArturo Vidal.

The Metro claims Arsenal have used the fact Vidal shares an agent with Alexis Sanchez to convince him to move to London instead of Liverpool.

The two clubs have supposedly drafted an agreement and Arsene Wenger has reached personal terms with the Chilean star.

And finally, sticking with The Metro, Wenger reportedly remains 'desperate' to seal the £35.5m transfer of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Wenger knows that he needs to provide competition for Olivier Giroud and his compatriot would be a viable option, according to

Madrid are ready to cash in on the French star and Arsenal are, apparently, first in line to complete a deal.

The Telegraph

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