Newcastle move ahead in Ramsey race as Magpies told to make ambitious transfer

Newcastle have reportedly moved ahead in the race to sign Juventus outcast Aaron Ramsey after being encouraged to complete the ambitious transfer.

Ramsey is free to leave the Serie A giants this month, with the Welshman having no part to play under Massimiliano Allegri at the Allianz Stadium.

Allegri is keen to free up space for new signings, with ridding themselves of former Arsenal star Ramsey’s massive wages one possible way for Juventus to do that.

But first, he will need to find a new home and several Premier League sides, including Newcastle, are keen to hand him one this month.

It appears that it is the Magpies who are now in pole position to sign him, though they are yet to make a formal offer.

That is because, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ramsey is only ‘partially convinced’ by offers from Aston Villa and Brighton.

Talks have been held by the two Premier League sides and Ramsey’s representatives, though so far they are not progressing.

Understood to be causing the biggest obstacles is Ramsey’s huge wage demands, which neither Villa or Brighton can realistically match.

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That will open the door to Newcastle, who will be able to afford the Welsh international's wages thanks to their Saudi Arabia owners.

If they did firm up their interest in Ramsey, it would certainly please former Liverpool star Dean Saunders, who has encouraged the Magpies to bring in the Juve outcast.

“If I was Newcastle, I’d go and sign Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, I’m not just saying that because I’m Welsh,” Saunders told talkSPORT.

“They would definitely improve that team and they’re available. Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal on a free, he’s probably on £300,000 to £400,000 a week.

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“There’s only about four clubs in the world who can afford to pay his wages and Newcastle are one of them, they can pay the wages, they’ve got the money.

“The problem they have is getting players who are available who are better than what they’ve got. Bale would improve them, even though they have good forward players.”

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