According to a report from Football Insider, Aaron Ramsey has emerged as a top priority transfer target for Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard finally takes managerial charges at Manchester City at the end of this season. However City will face a tough challenge as Barcelona are also eyeing the Arsenal star.
The current Bayern Munich boss will reportedly be handed a staggering £150m warchest to splurge on the superstars he thinks will transform the Citizens into world champions.
However, Ramsey endured a very difficult start to this season with the Gunners as he was forced to play on the right wing to accommodate Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin in the middle of the pitch.
But in recent months situation has changed, the Welsh midfielder has returned to the central position he loves most and has enjoyed an upsurge in form to help Arsene wenger’s push for Premier League glory. The Gunners could face a difficult scenario to hold onto their star performer this summer, if he is again shunted back out wide when Wenger’s team is fully fit.
If Ramsey decides to join City leaving the Emirates, it will become beneficial for him. Guardiola may choose him as his first choice central midfielder replacing an aging Yaya Toure, who worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the treble in 2009 operating as a centre-back in the final victory over Manchester United.
But he was later usurped by Sergio Busquets in Barca, with Guardiola believing that Busquets offered better defensive security and also was a much more intelligent initiator of attacking moves with his passing from the deep, and this time also Toure can become a looser leaving the central position to Ramsey.
Manchester City have certainly a history of poaching players from the Emirates as they have in the past hijacked the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri to the blue part of Manchester with mind-blowing wages to offer.
It is also being claimed that Guardiola has already made contact with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano, all of whom interestingly worked together so successfully at Barcelona, to hold talks regarding potential transfer targets in the likes of Bayern’s midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara and Juventus’ irrepressible hero Paul Pogba.
The new Manchester City manager is believed to have plotted an overhaul at the Etihad next season and is interested on bringing in a new centre-back, right-back, left-back, central midfielder, winger and striker.