Ian McGarry has been speaking on The Transfer Window podcast about the offer Newcastle United have made to Aaron Ramsey.
It has been extensively reported how much money Newcastle have through their majority owners PIF, but there may be a huge stumbling block in the way, and that would be their league position – as what type of players are looking to join a club that may well be heading towards a season in the Championship?
Will Newcastle be relegated?
There have been links to the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Dusan Vlahovic and Kieran Trippier, who are all relatively big names in European football, but someone whose reputation has taken somewhat of a battering since leaving for mainland Europe is Aaron Ramsey, as he’s started just 25 Serie A games for Juventus since leaving Arsenal in 2019. However, he could be handed a last-ditch lifeline by the Magpies.
McGarry has revealed how much Newcastle are willing to pay Ramsey to help them fight off relegation.
“He is on a substantial salary, of course, at Juventus having joined free of contract from Arsenal. However, Newcastle United have made an offer of a three-year contract, and we understand the salary would be around £150,000 per week basic plus bonuses, with a year’s option on that three-year deal.
“Something which would be certainly a pay cut for the Wales captain, however, also, at his age, probably quite attractive on the basis that that contract could extend to his 34th birthday and therefore be very lucrative in that sense.”
TIF Thoughts on Ramsey potentially joining Newcastle…
It would be one huge wage drop for Ramsey, who is valued at £9 million (as per Transfermarkt), if he was to swap Turin for Tyneside, but you could argue he would almost be guaranteed regular minutes in the Premier League when you look at the central midfield options that Eddie Howe has at his disposal, such as Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, who were with the club during their last stint in the Championship.
Ramsey was a superb midfielder during his time at Arsenal but ended up running down his contract in favour of a big-money move to Juventus, but given his lack of minutes mainly this season and a potential four-year deal on the table, Ramsey may well see moving to Newcastle as a way to show people he’s still good enough and also to ensure he gets one last big payday.