Italian club Juventus is set to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season on a free transfer, Reuters reported on Thursday January 10th, citing reports in British and Italian media.
Ramsey has made more than 250 appearances since joining the Gunners from Cardiff City in 2008, but the Wales international has failed to agree on a new deal with the London club in the final year of his contract.
The deadlock has enabled the 28-year-old to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs since January 1st.
Juventus was set to pay the player £140,000 ($179,074) per week, the reports added, a fee that would make Ramsey the club's second-highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ramsey has made 18 league appearances this season, scoring twice, including a memorable strike against Fulham last October that was regarded by many as an early contender for goal of the season.
The reports added that while manager Unai Emery was keen on retaining Ramsey, Arsenal need to keep their 200 million-pound ($255.64 million) wage bill under control, leaving the club's longest serving player open to leave on a free transfer.
Ramsey's signing would be seen as an astute piece of business by Juventus, who are nine points clear at the top of the Serie A as they chase an eighth straight title.