Juventus are ready to battle it out with Manchester United for Arsenal’s £35million-rated Aaron Ramsey.
The Serie A giants want the Welshman, 27, to form a dynamic new midfield partnership with Liverpool ace Emre Can.
But United boss Jose Mourinho has also identified Ramsey as his preferred replacement for Paul Pogba should the unhappy Frenchman quit Old Trafford this summer.
As well as United’s interest, Juve are being pressed into the Ramsey move as they fear Bayern Munich could hijack their swoop for Can — and they do not want to miss out on both players.
The Italian champions believed they had a verbal agreement with Can that he would join them on a free once his Anfield contract expires in the summer.
But that is no longer a certainty with German champions Bayern sniffing around.
Juventus will now fast-forward their efforts to land Rambo this summer, having originally planned to sign him on a pre-contract and snap him up on a free when his current deal expires in 2019.
Arsenal’s dithering over a possible new contract for Ramsey — they have incredibly failed to even talk numbers to him this year — encouraged Juve to make a move.
Their general manager Giuseppe Marotta is currently considering submitting a cut-price offer.
Mourinho is also keen to get involved and has told United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he regards Ramsey as a better option than Pogba as he looks to overhaul his squad.
Arsenal’s negotiations with Ramsey ground to a halt after the club lured legal eagle Huss Fahmy away from the Team Sky cycling outfit to work on player contracts.
And SunSport can reveal the midfielder’s future has taken a back seat while the Gunners try to negotiate a new deal for Jack Wilshere.
The England ace has been told he must take a 25 per cent pay cut but with the carrot of a heavily incentivised deal based on bigger bonuses for appearances and success.
But Arsenal’s dawdling over Ramsey could see them out of pocket again, having let star Alexis Sanchez go to United in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan last year.
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