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Aaron Ramsey looks set to join Scottish club Rangers on Deadline Day. Fabrizio Romano reports that a loan move is almost complete.
It would certainly be one of the most surprising deals of the January transfer window. The former Arsenal man has been struggling at Juventus lately. But not many saw the Scottish outfit making a Deadline Day move.
The Glasgow club did, however, recently bring in Manchester United winger Amad Diallo. The youngster joined on loan until the end of the campaign. He has already made an impact, scoring just five minutes into his debut against Ross County.
Diallo’s signature created a huge stir around Ibrox. But Ramsey’s name would eclipse that excitement. The midfielder would be joining from a European giant in Juventus. During his time in Italy, he has won one Serie A and one Coppa Italia.
But injuries and a lack of form have led to a sharp decline in minutes this season. He has just three Serie A appearances to his name. Those three matches have involved just 98 minutes for Ramsey.
Where will Aaron Ramsey fit in at Rangers?
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has altered between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 since taking over in November. Throughout that time, he has been a huge success. His side sit top of the Scottish Premiership, while he won the Manager of the Month award for December.
As for team selection, it’s almost certain that Ramsey would immediately find a starting role. It seems then, that he would slot in alongside Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara in that midfield three. The duo have been key for the club this season. They are firm favourites of Van Bronckhorst.
Ramsey’s addition would simply create even more competition for places. John Lundstram and Scott Arfield are pushing for a starting role. And American James Sands arrived on loan earlier this month.
But Ramsey perhaps boasts more big-game experience than the entire Rangers midfield put together. He has several Champions League appearances under his belt for both Arsenal and Juventus. Moreover, his time spent in various positions across the midfield furthers his need to start under Van Bronckhorst.
Will the transfer go through?
There are certainly still a lot of moving parts to any potential deal. Perhaps most significantly, the Wales international will need to take a pay cut to join Rangers.
Furthermore, there are also a number of high-profile clubs showing interest. A handful of Premier League clubs are on that list. And Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are another with strong links.
Rangers, though, remain in the driving seat. The club will be keen to get the deal over the line as soon as possible. Their next game is a derby with fierce rivals Celtic on 2nd February.
Ramsey’s signature would significantly boost their chances of silverware this season. And in even more positive news for supporters, there will be an option to buy the player permanently.