A transfer taking Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Juventus looks on the cards this summer, which could pave way for Aaron Ramsey to return to the Premier League.
Juve are the favourites to win the race for Milinkovic-Savic’s signature after his fine form for Lazio, though Real Madrid are also pursuing a deal for the Serbia international.
Milinkovic-Savic has enjoyed a long and successful career in Serie A and makes sense as an ideal signing to come in for new Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo this summer.
Miralem Pjanic has just left Turin to join Barcelona, while Aaron Ramsey’s future also looks in some doubt as it was recently reported that the Welshman does not feature in Pirlo’s plans.
There will no doubt be plenty of bookmakers speculating on Ramsey’s next club, with some previous reports of possible interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.
One has to wonder if Ramsey could also be tempted to return to Arsenal, with the Gunners yet to really replace him since his emotional departure from the Emirates Stadium last summer.
Either way, many top clubs would be lucky to have the 29-year-old, who has been pretty unlucky with injuries in his brief time in Italy.
Juventus fans will no doubt see Milinkovic-Savic as an upgrade, with the 25-year-old showing himself to be an elite performer at this level for some time now, and previously also attracting links with Premier League sides such as Man Utd and Chelsea, as well as with Paris Saint-Germain.
But his move certainly gives a number of sides an opportunity with Ramsey, who would surely start for almost every big club in England on his day, even if some may be concerned by his recent fitness record and dip in form during his time with Juventus.
It will be painful for Arsenal fans to see their former hero, who notably scored the winning goal in two FA Cup finals, line up for one of their rivals, so perhaps another move abroad could be on the cards for the former Cardiff City youngster?
New Juve boss Pirlo would struggle to fit him and Milinkovic-Savic in the same side, however, with sales surely needed before the Italian champions can buy this summer, with even the best clubs likely to be majorly affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pirlo needs backing in the transfer market, however, with Juventus only narrowly winning Serie A last season and under-achieving in the Champions League with a shock last-16 exit at the hands of Lyon.