Juventus ready to sell Aaron Ramsey after only a year with the club as Covid-19 affects finances

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Aaron Ramsey could be one of the first victims of the COVID-19 football recession after it became clear that Juventus was ready to sell the Wales star.

With football clubs across Europe having to look at their finances in a different light before months of playing without supporters, Juventus has an urgent need to reduce their payroll.

Sportsmail has learned that two major English clubs have been alerted to the availability of Ramsey this week before the summer transfer window which is expected to open at the end of next month.

Aaron Ramsey could be sold by Juventus after one season as Italian champions, managed by Maurizio Sarri (right), desperately try to reduce their large payroll

Wales midfielder, 29, earns £ 400,000 a week at Juventus but had little impact

Wales midfielder, 29, earns £ 400,000 a week at Juventus but hasn’t had much impact

The 29-year-old only moved to Juventus last July after having exhausted his contract at Arsenal.

But despite scoring on his last two Serie A starts before the Italian lockout season started in March, he has had injury issues and has not become as fundamental for Maurizio Sarri’s team as ‘he would have hoped.

While Ramsey has only started nine league games this season, Juventus have managed to climb to the top of the rankings as they strive for their ninth consecutive title.

Juventus has been affected financially by Covid-19 and must discharge the players this summer

Juventus has been affected financially by Covid-19 and must discharge the players this summer

Ramsey's success in helping Wales at Euro 2020 was not matched by club form

Ramsey’s success in helping Wales at Euro 2020 was not matched by his club form

Ramsey this season

In all competitions

Matches: 24

Departures: 12

Minutes: 1,097

Goals: 4

Attends: 1

One problem for Juventus is Ramsey’s huge salary. Arrived on a free transfer, the midfielder has a contract until the summer of 2023 which brings in an astonishing £ 400,000 a week. This could prove prohibitive as the club seeks to move it forward.

In England, clubs like Manchester United would certainly have an interest but not in this salary.

That means Ramsey would have to either take a cut or move somewhere on loan, with Juventus continuing to pay at least part of his salary.

Speculation about the future of Ramsey surfaced in Italy at the end of winter and has not been alleviated by former Chelsea manager Sarri.

The Juve coach said: “It was not easy for him to adapt, coming from the Prime Minister and from a serious injury. He grows both in condition and in belief.

The Italian league season will resume next weekend with Juventus one point ahead of Lazio. The first match for Serie A leaders will take place in Bologna on Monday, June 22.

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