Liverpool: Klopp suggests Reds will enter transfer market
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Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be set to join Liverpool in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The 30-year-old has played a bit-part role for the Italian giants this season, starting just 12 matches in Serie A since the beginning of the campaign.
Ramsey was signed from Arsenal in the summer of 2019 on a free transfer, but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the side with the likes of Arthur, Weston McKennie and Rodrigo Bentancur often being preferred by manager Andrea Pirlo.
The Welshman is on a substantial wage at Juventus, with his contract set to run until 2023, and could be sold at the end of the season with the club said to be happy to sanction his departure.
He remains a fan favourite at Arsenal, where he spent 11 years and scored two FA Cup-winning goals.
The Gunners have been linked with a summer move to recapture the midfielder in recent weeks, but could face competition from Liverpool and another Premier League rival in the hunt for his signature.
The Reds and West Ham United are both in the picture to land Ramsey at the end of the campaign, according to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato.
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Jurgen Klopp is facing the prospect of losing midfield stalwart Georginio Wijnaldum to Barcelona, with reports earlier this week suggesting that the Dutchman has already penned a pre-contract agreement with the Catalan club.
Boss Ronald Koeman has expressed his interest in signing Wijnaldum on a number of occasions since taking the job in August, with the 58-year-old managing the former Newcastle United man during his stint in charge of the Netherlands national team.
As a result, Liverpool are likely to be in the market for a new central midfielder, and could look to Ramsey as Wijnaldum’s replacement given his potential availability and proven Premier League quality.
Meanwhile, West Ham’s main transfer priority appears to be the recruitment of a striker ahead of next season, but they could also target a central midfielder if they fail to sign Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis.
Although Ramsey has struggled to retain a regular starting berth at Juventus, Pirlo suggested in December that he would not entertain the prospect of letting him leave during the summer months.
“We have to manage him, sometimes he’s not at his best, we need to let him rest,” Pirlo told reporters after his side’s 4-0 win over Parma.
“But when he’s at 100% and he can be decisive, I prefer to always have him on the pitch, it’s what makes us play well.
“He gets us out of many situations. For us he is very important.”
Ramsey has made 61 appearances since joining the club two years ago, scoring six goals and creating another six in the process.
He scooped the first league title of his professional career last season with Juventus claiming yet another Scudetto after pipping Inter Milan to the trophy by a single point.
The midfielder is a regular for Wales, playing a huge role in his country’s remarkable run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they were defeated by eventual champions Portugal.
However, he has been ruled out of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Czech Republic with a thigh injury.
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