Liverpool want Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to reports. They’re about 13 years too late with this one.
This comes from CalcioMercato. They claim that Liverpool and West Ham United both want Aaron Ramsey.
And that’s it. It’s a bizarrely short report, with the only other information being that Ramsey’s contract expires in 2023 and that he was born in 1990.
We can assume some other things, though. For one, we imagine Juventus will look to sell Ramsey this summer.
He’s now 30 and not really performing for them. Wait another year and we can’t imagine they’d get much for a 31-year-old with one year left on his deal.
So we don’t doubt that Ramsey is up for sale. We do doubt Liverpool’s interest, though.
Many players at the club are already pushing 30, while Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner are already over that milestone. All three are midfielders, of course.
Adding another 30-year-old to the only area of the squad with 30-year-olds doesn’t really make sense. Gini Wijnaldum may leave but replacing him with a younger player is the only sensible thing to do.
We just don’t see how Ramsey would fit in or be a smart move in any sense. Maybe if he’s free and Liverpool can’t find a good replacement for Wijnaldum?
Even then, we’d question if adding him to the wage bill is all that smart.
In reality, it would be 13 years too late. We think Ramsey could have been a very good Liverpool player if he’d joined back in 2008.
Journalist Paul Tomkins claims that was a possibility. Rafa Benitez had the move lined up, he says, but the club decided Jay Spearing was too similar.
It made sense back then. Bring Ramsey in as a young player, develop him at the club and we think he’d have had a fine career here.
But it wasn’t to be. And now it’s far too late.