Arsenal ‘are ready to hand’ over £22 million to sign replacement for departing Ramsey
Reports have claimed Arsenal are ready to hand over the £22m it will take to prise Kerem Demirbay away from Hoffenheim during the summer window, as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
After months of talks and months of transfer speculation, the Gunners and Ramsey decided to part ways after ten years together as the club were not prepared to offer the Welshman the kind of deal that he was looking for, reportedly something close to the £350,000-a-week that Ozil currently gets.
And Ramsey decided to sign for Italian giants Juventus, meaning Unai Emery will be one midfielder short at the end of the season, which also means that he will need to delve into his transfer kitty and splash the cash to sign an adequate replacement.
And according to recent reports from Germany, Arsenal have already made contact with Hoffenheim about a potential deal and are happy to meet Demirbay’s release clause, which is around the £22 million mark.
The 25-year-old has helped Hoffenheim rise to sixth in the Bundesliga table this season with four goals and eight assists for the Germans and could be a cheap option as a replacement for Ramsey.
Even if the Spaniard does deliver Champions League football, Emery will have just £75m to spend this summer.
Ramsey has been brilliant this season for Arsenal and losing him will be a massive blow for the club, especially as there are some players at the club that do not deserve to still be associated with Arsenal.
However, the Gunners knew that they would have to spend money to try and find an adequate replacement at the end of the season and are already lining up a number of possible targets, so it will be interesting to see is Demirbay is the man to replace the Welshman.
Demirbay has been impressive in the Bundesliga this season and is showing great potential, but Arsenal is a massive step up for him and he may also struggle to adapt to the quality of the Premier League, which is much more physically demanding than the Bundesliga.
However, letting a £40 million player leave for nothing is still a financial mistake from the clubs hierarchy and they should have just handed Ramsey the money he wanted, meaning they wouldn’t have to splash even more cash trying to replace him.