It’s not really a Rangers story, entirely, that is, but Aaron Ramsey’s spell at Juventus is most certainly at an end, with the Turin giants trying to figure out a way to mutually consent him and avoid paying out his full final year deal value, said to be around £24M.
The Wales star, on a wage of around £500,000pw week in Italy, has not worked out at all in Serie A, and he seeks a ‘mutual consent’ of an acceptable amount before he leaves southern Europe for good.
Not a chance.
He was not good enough at Rangers, showing only rare glimpses of his former quality and spending 90% of his spell in Govan on the treatment table.
Neither Ramsey nor Rangers got a thing out of his loan spell, and of course he’ll be sadly most remembered for that penalty.
He would also be expected to accept not only a gigantic drop in wages to around £20,000 tops a week, but the likelihood of a pay as you play contract, with Rangers determined not to lose any money on a giant gamble like Ramsey.
Ramsey’s best bet is to move to the Middle East or China, where moneybags galore are in play, and where a player’s reputation precedes him, rather than his recent troubles.
No smaller clubs in Europe can afford his expected wages and no top clubs that can will touch him with a bargepole.
Sadly for Ramsey he’s ended up in the Jack Wilshere stable, where a fairly young player who once had the world at his feet will struggle for a new gig.
Seems like a decent chap, but Rangers should and will stay well away.