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It’s official: Juventus sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

Juventus announced on Monday that they have agreed to bring the 28-year-old Ramsey on a free transfer starting next season. The much-talked-about signing in attempt to improve Juve’s midfield didn’t have the drawn-out drama that the adventure that Can’s signing was a year ago, with Ramsey essentially taking care of all the details needed to sign on with the Italian champions in relative anonymity before the deal was announced a little less than two weeks after the January transfer window came to a close.

The official statement from Juventus’ website says: “Turin, 11 February 2019 – Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that a contract of employment with the player Aaron James Ramsey, effective as of 1st July 2019 and expiring on 30 June 2023, has been signed. As a result of the registration of the player, Juventus will incur additional costs of € 3.7 million, to be paid within 10th July 2019.”

According to Sky Sports Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Ramsey will earn €7 million a season plus bonuses throughout the four-year contract he has just put pen to paper too. What kind of bonuses those are something we don’t know about right now. But remembering Ramsey’s past and how one of the leading career narratives that are attached to him involves his history with injuries, I’m going to venture a guess that one of the main ones has to do with appearances and starts he makes throughout any given season.

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