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Confusion over Ramsey’s reported wages at Juve

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Aaron Ramsey signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants Juventus on Monday and it was reported by the BBC that the Welsh midfielder had become the highest-paid British player in history, earning over $515,000 per week.

It is now being reported that Ramsey will not be earning close to that amount, as Italian outlets say that his salary is close to $8.4 million per season gross, which works out at about $161,000 per week after tax.

Still, not a bad deal at all for Ramsey but it does suggest that Arsenal could have stretched themselves a little further to keep him around at the Emirates Stadium.

The fact that Juve have briefed several media outlets as to the actual wages they will be paying shows they felt the need to correct the astronomical numbers being chucked around when it come to Ramsey, but it is unknown if he is also receiving a hefty signing-on fee as a free agent.

Juventus have got themselves a talented central midfielder in the prime of his career at the age of 28, and if they’re paying him $8.4 million a season with no transfer or signing-on fee, that is a bit of a bargain in the modern game.

Report: Juventus working to sign Arsenal’s Ramsey

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In what would be a very Juventus move, The Old Lady is said to be working toward signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer.

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Ramsey, 27, has made 352 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Cardiff City in 2008, making loan stints with Nottingham Forest and Cardiff as well. The Welshman scored 61 goals with 63 assists for the Gunners, winning three FA Cups.

Able to sign anywhere on a Bosman transfer after Jan. 1, Arsenal reportedly stopped efforts to sign him to a new deal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this year. His contract status has been the subject of many a Unai Emery press conference question.

Although I think some of my colleague Kyle Bonn’s inclusions here don’t quite fit his bill, here’s a very decent Tweet:

 

AC Milan reportedly ready to court Aaron Ramsey

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If Aaron Ramsey joins Adrien Rabiot and Hector Herrera as top talents available on a free transfer next summer, AC Milan may be waiting to snap up the Welsh midfielder.

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Ramsey, 27, has not agreed to a new contract with Arsenal and could leave the club for free in the summer.

And while AC Milan is going to have to sell some players under Financial Fair Play, Tuttosport is saying the club feels its decent relationship with Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis could help the move along.

Ramsey has 55 caps with 14 goals for Wales, and has played 335 matches with 59 goals and 57 assists for the Gunners since arriving from Cardiff City (He’s had short-term loans to Nottingham Forest and back to Cardiff).

The Welsh star seems in some ways synonymous with Arsenal’s recent seasons, but may get a chance to be an in-focus star on another side. He’s a very good player who has been dwarfed by names like Ozil and others during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Denmark’s first choice players will face Wales after agreement to meet

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A pay dispute that kept Premier League stars Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel, and Jannik Vestergard out of the Denmark squad for a friendly against Slovakia has been resolved before the Danes kick off their first UEFA Nations League match.

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Denmark had to scramble together a team with fourth-tier, fifth-tier, and futsal players for a 3-0 loss to Slovakia. Tickets for the match cost about a dollar in Slovakia.

The embarrassing incident has led to a “step in the right direction,” which is an agreement between players and the federation to meet regarding the commercial rights/image dispute. From the BBC:

Danish FA president Jesper Moller said: “We can play the important Nations League match with the right national team and again focus on the sport.”

The Danish governing body and players association say neither party will make any more comment on the issue before the match.

The players’ continued boycott threatened to cost Denmark its chance to advance in a Nations League group with Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Wales blasting Ireland in the opener, and getting another three points in Denmark next week would give Ryan Giggs‘ and Gareth Bale‘s side a foot in League A for 2020-21.

Mexico dominant yet drab in 0-0 draw with Wales

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Mexico dominated Wales on the stat sheet, racking up nearly 70% possession and 22 shots (9 on target) to just two for Wales. But the eye test told a different story.

El Tri was quite poor up front in the first half, creating little and finishing even less, and it carried over for much of the second half as they drew a Gareth Bale-less Wales in Pasadena, California on Monday.

Mexico started a mediocre starting lineup that did feature Chicharito, but brought on other veterans as the game went on, including both Dos Santos brothers, with Jonathan coming on at the half-hour mark and Gio entering the pitch with 20 minutes to go. Carlos Salcedo entered at halftime, while Oribe Peralta relieved Chicharito at the 59-minute mark.

As the game wound down, Mexico ramped up the pressure, but they were unable to put any truly quality chances on net.

The match is simply meant to be a warmup, but the performance was less than inspiring with Mexico to play in a group against Germany, Sweden, and South Korea.