Aaron Ramsey may well have hit the jackpot with his impending free transfer to Juventus if the latest reports over the size of his contractual agreement are to believed.
An update on the precise terms of Ramsey’s pre-contract agreement with Juve comes via David Ornstein, BBC Sport’s infallible font of all things Arsenal.
Ornstein reports that the deal, signed in January, will ensure the Welsh midfielder becomes the highest-paid British player of all time with weekly wages of “over £400,000-a-week”.
Aaron Ramsey today signed pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in summer. 28yo penned 4yr deal after passing 2-part medical late Jan. Wales midfielder leaves Arsenal 30 June after 11yrs. Set to become all-time highest-paid GB player (basic salary), just over £400kpw #Juve #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) 11 February 2019
Christ, we knew it was big, but £400,000 a week? That’s approaching lunacy for a 28-year-old on a four-year contract. Ramsey has suddenly rocketed from a bargain(ish) freebie to a concerted risk of a signing.
It was thought that Gareth Bale would remain the highest-paid Briton in world football (£350,000-a-week at Real Madrid) but Ramsey’s new deal catapults him beyond his fellow countryman.
To put the numbers in some kind of perspective – which is fairly difficult – Cristiano Ronaldo currently earns somewhere in the vicinity of £535,000 every seven days at the Bianconeri in basic wages.
The next highest earner on the list is Paulo Dybala, who is purported to earn approximately £120,000 per week.
Ramsey’s a bloody good player, but that is insanity.