Juventus, Manchester United and others on alert as Aaron Ramsey contract talks break down

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Top clubs including Juventus and Manchester United are closely tracking Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey after it has emerged negotiations between him and the club over a new contract have broken down.

Ramsey is in the final year of his current deal at The Emirates and he and the club had been negotiating a new contract, but now it seems that the offer has been withdrawn, according to The Mirror.

It had been thought Ramsey would sign a new deal – and that he was keen to do so – but, for reasons that are unclear, talks have broken down to such an extent that there is now no offer on the table. It is not thought that Ramsey turned the deal down, The Mirror added.

This means that Ramsey would be free to leave Arsenal in the summer, and sign a pre-contract deal in January.

There are likely to be no shortage of suitors for the player who, at 27, is at the peak of his career. The Gunners reportedly turned down an offer of £50 million for him last summer.

Italian champions Juventus are thought to be interested in signing the Wales international, as are Manchester United, Chelsea and Lazio. The promise of playing Champions League football again would be enticing for Ramsey too.

Ramsey has been integral to Arsenal in recent seasons and it would not be popular among fans if he is allowed to walk away from the club on a free.

If a deal is not resurrected, then Arsenal may try to sell him in January, but would get nowhere near market value for him.