EPL: Aaron Ramsey takes pay cut to leave Arsenal

The 28-year-old was able to negotiate a pre-contractual agreement with the Bianconeri after he failed to agree a new deal to stay at Arsenal.

However, Ramsey's destination could have been very different, with BBC Sport reporting that Bale encouraged his Wales teammate to link up with him at the Bernabeu.

Ramsey might have been convinced to move to Spain had Barcelona shown any interest - with his boyhood dream to play for the Catalans - but they never pursued him after preliminary talks.

However, although there is still a possibility the situation might change, it is nearly certain the former Cardiff player will go overseas.

Reports in both Italy and the United Kingdom have suggested that Ramsey's exit will see him swap North London for Italy and the Serie A. Ramsey will be paid around £140,000 a week (£7.2m a season), making him the Italian club's second highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo but ahead of other starts such as Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa.

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He will not be signing a new deal with Arsenal after the Gunners withdrew a fresh four-year offer in September for football and financial reasons.

However, according to Sky in Italy, terms have now been agreed between the two parties and Juventus will finalise the transfer during the middle of next week. The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, also had major reservations about both Özil and Ramsey fitting into his plans and the style he wants to play. "We can only loan players", said Emery. Ramsey adds to their midfield depth which already has Sami Khedira, Emre Can, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi and Rodrigo Bentancur.

'And I was very happy with him in the last match.

"After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday".

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