KEY POINTS

  • Everton begins talks with Aaron Ramsey, but weekly wages may be a problem
  • More teams are  likely to look into the Ramsey situation by January
  • Ramsey wants to move to a team where he can get a playing time

Everton needs help in the midfield, and it appears they are looking at Aaron Ramsey to fill in the need.

With the January transfer window just around the corner, the Toffees have reportedly opened talks with the Welsh footballer who will be available via a free transfer next month.

According to Calciomercato, the Toffees are the first club to open talks with the 30-year-old midfielder.

They have been keeping tabs on the Welsh player’s situation and are one of his long-time admirers.

Looking at the Toffees' last match with Arsenal, ironically a team that Ramsey played for from 2008 to 2019, it was apparent that improvements are needed in the midfield.

Everton managed to win that, but Rafa Benitez is fully aware that there were gaps that need to be addressed.

Before that win over Arsenal, the Toffees were on a seven-game losing streak.

 A move to Goodison Park would also make sense for Ramsey. He has fallen down the pecking order of Massimiliano Allegri and has already been told that he can leave for free in the next transfer window.

Since joining the Old Lady in 2019, Ramsey has made 70 appearances for the team and has scored six goals and six assists.

Last season, he saw action in just five games and had a combined total of 112 minutes across all competitions.

And while a move to Everton makes sense, money matters will be a problem. Ramsey is earning £175,000 ($231,000) a week, and this is a price that the Toffees may find too steep to accommodate.

However, the Toffees would have to realize that taking in talent with proven leadership is an investment that could turn their fortunes around.

Ramsey is someone who could offer more if given ample playing time.

There is no telling how talks between Ramsey and the Toffees will go. They are the first team to open negotiations and the following weeks could see other clubs entering the fray.

Before the Toffees started talks, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton were teams who expressed interest in the Welsh player.

Unfortunately for both teams, a move to either club was not appealing to Ramsey. It is believed that both hardly held promise of competing for titles–yet another aspect that he is also considering as reported by Calciomercato.

Aaron Ramsey shot Wales into Euro 2020 with a final day win over Hungary Aaron Ramsey shot Wales into Euro 2020 with a final day win over Hungary Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS