Arsenal break down contract talks with Welsh midfielder

Arsenal have reportedly closed negotiations regarding a new contract with Aaron Ramsey, thereby risking the prospect of losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Wales international has been a credible performer for the north London club over the past decade and during this period, he has netted a couple of FA Cup-winning goals which has made him a favourite among the club’s faithful.

Despite this, the hierarchy have failed to reach an agreement over a new deal with the midfielder beyond the current campaign and The Mirror‘s John Cross claims that talks have now broken down for good.

Earlier in the year, the Gunners had placed a contract offer on the table which was rejected by the Welshman and it had thereafter been suggested that he may demand at least twice of his current £110,000-a-week salary.

However, there seems to have been no progress whatsoever ever since and the Capital outfit have now decided to end the discussions which has involved the withdrawal of the previous proposal made.

As things stand, Ramsey would be free to discuss a pre-contract with a foreign club at the turn of the year but the Gunners also have the option to offload him during the winter transfer window, should they plan to cut on their losses.

Unai Emery’s side are understood to have already knocked back a £50m bid from an unnamed side during the summer and it may not come as a surprise, if they are tempted by potential bids in the forthcoming transfer window.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Lazio were highlighted as among the clubs monitoring the Welshman’s position during the summer but The Mirror suggests that Juventus have joined the race with a pre-contract deal probably being their preferred option.

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