Manchester United were this week tipped to chase a move for Aaron Ramsey amid reports he will leave Juventus in the summer.
Former pro Tony Cascarino told The Times he believes the Wales international would be a good fit at Old Trafford.
He wrote: “Ramsey would be the perfect fit for United. He is the sort of player they need — a proven midfielder with goalscoring pedigree and plenty of Premier League experience. I could see him not costing too much, with Juventus possibly settling for £20 million as that would get them most of their outlay back.”
Rebuke over Ramsey
It’s true. Ramsey does have Premier League experience and an eye for goal. But it says a lot that he would probably not get into our midfield now when everybody is fit.
There’s a reason Juventus would be looking to cash in after just one season.
The football world has not seen a good consistent Aaron Ramsey for quite a while now. He would be a big risk.
He has only six league starts for Juventus this season since his summer move.
Last season he managed only 14 for Arsenal, and 21 in 2017/18 and 13 in 2016/17.
It’s a quite shocking record, to consider that Ramsey has started 54 league games out of a possible 137 across the last four seasons.
This has led to Ramsey’s only season scoring into double figures in the league coming back in 2013/14.
He is not what United need, especially with the way players have been getting injured at Old Trafford this season. Signing Ramsey would be asking for trouble.
The Wales international is also now 29, and he would command big wages. BBC Sport report he earns £400,000 per week in Turin. It’s a bad contract Juventus are no wonder keen to get rid of.
Even if he halved his Juventus earnings, he would still be one of United’s best paid player. And we don’t want to commit that to a player who will hit 30 midway through next season.
He hardly fits United’s rebuild model, and a younger player like Jack Grealish is far superior.
Grealish can score and create from midfield, and does not come with the same injury record as Ramsey.
After snubbing United as a youngster, Ramsey should not get a second chance.
This suggestion from Cascarino is one more instance of a pundit from outside the club thinking he knows what’s best, and looking at an ill conceived short term fix for problems which run deep at Old Trafford.
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