Dan Burke

Juventus to offer Arsenal Benatia in exchange for Ramsey this month

It's a deal which could work out well for all parties concerned

Juventus are prepared to offer Mehdi Benatia in exchange for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, according to reports in Italy.

Ramsey has agreed to join Juve when his Gunners contract expires in the summer, and the Welshman is set to become the Italian champions’ second-highest paid player, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bianconeri would ideally like Ramsey to join them this month if possible, but Unai Emery would rather keep him until the summer.

However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A champions are prepared to offer Benatia in an attempt to sweeten the deal.

If true, it would likely be an attractive proposition for the Premier League club.

Emery is reportedly hoping to bolster his defensive ranks this month but the Spaniard was forced to admit on Thursday that he will not be given any funds to play with until the summer.

Earlier this week, Gazzetta dello Sport also claimed that Arsenal had already made an enquiry about Benatia and though Juve boss Massmiliano Allegri wants the Moroccan international to stay, the player himself is reportedly keen to go elsewhere in search of game-time.

The 31-year-old former Bayern Munich defender has made just six appearances in all competitions this season and speaking to Italian outlet La Stampa ahead of the January transfer window, he said: “If [Juventus] need me in the Champions League, I will make myself ready, but I can hardly play a game every so often.

“Last year I did well because I had more continuity. Unfortunately, now I do not have it.

“Part of my job is that I always have to work to make myself ready, but it is not a pleasant situation.”

In the meantime, Emery confirmed on Friday that Ramsey will be in Arsenal’s squad when they travel to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.