Aaron Ramsay, Arsenal and Wales midfielder, explained: “Obviously it’s very flattering. Barcelona did the treble last year and it’s just really nice to be linked with one of the best clubs in the world. One day I would like to go over to Spain to play just to see what it’s like and to experience that. But at the moment I’m with Arsenal and I feel like this Arsenal team can go and be successful and challenge for things.”
The 24 year old Welshman, about to start his 8th season under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, has slowly but surely become a key fixture at the Emirates Stadium. His 26 goals in 75 appearances in the last two years have helped The Gunners lift two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield in that period.
Ramsay has excelled in his role as a box-to-box midfielder and has become the engine that keeps the Gunners' engine ticking thanks to his privileged technical ability, ability to run with the ball and eagerness to get constantly involved in attacking transitions. Always prepared to tackle to regain possession, his defensive influence has been key in Arsenal's visible improvement of late.
Having said all of the above, the chances of Ramsay transfer to Barcelona this summer are simply non-existent. His hypothetical €70 million transfer to the Camp Nou giants is nothing more than a summer rumour sparked by the British press with no real evidence. In other words, both wishful thinking and an attempt to leave a door open to a transfer in the future from the Wales international.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has enough talented midfielders at his disposal and investing such spectacular amounts of money to bring another contender into the mix makes very little sense. With Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic likely to keep their roles as regular starters, it should be up to La Masia graduates Rafinha and Sergi Roberto to step in whenever needed. Plus, let's not forget Arda Turan will also challenging for a spot from January 2016 onwards.
Aaron Ramsay is, without a doubt, one of the best young midfielders in European football, a key difference-maker at Arsenal. Despite his obvious keenness to land at the Camp Nou at some point in his career, neither the price for his transfer or his role in Luis Enrique's team if the deal was in fact complete make any sense.