Arsenal close in on ramsey replacement Veretout after agent tells Emery ‘big club move’ is wanted
Arsenal have been given some hope in their pursuit of Jordan Veretout after his agent revealed there was interest from England and said his client wanted a move to a ‘big club.’
Now that Aaron Ramsey has left the club to build a new life over in Italy with Juventus, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media about whom Unai Emery will look to try and sign to help fill the void of the Welshman.
And one name that has been on the radar for some time now is that of former Aston Villa star Veretout.
He made 29 appearances in his first and only season with Villa, which ended in relegation to the Championship, before spending the following season on loan at Saint-Etienne which ultimately secured him a £60 million move to Fiorentina in 2017 where he has rebuilt his career.
Arsenal have been given some hope in their pursuit of Veretout after his agent revealed there was interest from England and said his client wanted a move to a ‘big club.’
“As far as I know, Fiorentina have not given the all-clear for Veretout to join Napoli,’ agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio CRC.
“The problem is they [Fiorentina] don’t currently have a director of sport, so I don’t know who to communicate with.
“I also have no guarantees that Vincenzo Montella will remain as coach, it’s all up in the air after the club’s takeover [by Rocco Commisso].
“There are four or five important clubs who want Veretout, in Italy and abroad.] I don’t like to name names, but we’ll see what happens and who steps forward to close the deal.”
Veretout has scored the same number of goals (5) as Ramsey this season and his small price tag is not seen as too much of a risk, as Emery has had the player scouted on numerous occasions and reportedly believes he is ready to come in and help fill the void of Ramsey.
The lad has rebuilt his career at Fiorentina and is starting to make a name for himself in Italian football, but the Premier League is tougher than Seria A and he has already proven he is unable to adapt to the quality of football in England.
Arsenal may have watched him, are ready to talk about a potential deal, but they are at that stage now where they need top-class players to come in and make an impact on the side as they already have enough average players.