Arsenal are to open contract talks with Aaron Ramsey hoping to prevent a repeat of this summer’s transfer saga surrounding Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez (via The Telegraph).
It may be the transfer season but it seems that the Gunners have at least one eye on contract negotiations with current players.
Arsenal have a strong recent history of letting their big players run down their contracts – much to the annoyance of supporters – and it seems that they are finally trying to do something about it.
Reports indicate that the club are ready to open negotiations with Aaron Ramsey over a contract extension.
The Welshman has two years left on this current deal which he signed in 2014. Ramsey is one of a number of players including Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs whose current deals are due to expire in the coming years,
Ramsey struggled for the first half of last campaign but since the change in formation to a 3-4-3 enjoyed a massive upturn in form.
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The 26-year-old’s current deal is in excess of £100,000 per week and any new contract would ensure the Welshman is amongst the club’s top earners.
It’s good to see the club taking a more proactive approach to contract negotiations. Arsene Wenger has said all season that contracts for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil still have another season on them so it isn’t a pressing matter. However, anyone who has seen the coverage over the pair’s possible transfer away from the Emirates will know that isn’t the case. Hopefully, the club will tie Aaron Ramsey down to another long-term deal.