Italian champions Juventus are set to announce that Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join them at the end of the season, football.london understands.
The Arsenal midfielder will formally join the Turin club on July 1 when his current contract has expired, bringing to an end an 11-year association with the Gunners. An announcement from Juventus is due imminently.
Ramsey is expected to be the highest-paid British footballer when he joins Juventus, with his four-year contract understood to be worth around £400,000-a-week before tax.
Juventus had long since emerged as the victors in a race for Ramsey’s signature that encompassed top clubs in Europe and the Premier League, including Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Arsenal will not receive a fee for Ramsey, who made 259 appearances for them, scoring 61 times including winners in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup Final.
On his appointment Arsenal head coach Unai Emery had indicated his intention to build the team around the 28-year-old but he, like his predecessor, found it difficult to integrate both Ramsey and Mesut Ozil into a team.
Having signed new £350,000-a-week terms with Ozil in January 2017 Arsenal felt unable to offer an extension to Ramsey and, mere weeks into the season, withdrew a planned £170,000-a-week extension just before it was due to be agreed.
Emery has predominantly deployed Ramsey as a high-pressing No.10, not necessarily the role to which he is best suited. Still the Welshman has weighed in with three goals and seven assists.
Ramsey will become the third Welshman to don the famous Bianconeri , following in the footsteps of one of his country’s greatest ever footballers in John Charles. Over five years in Italy Charles scored 108 goals in 199 appearances, winning three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias.