Aaron Ramsey targeted by Barcelona & Bayern Munich

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must have the faith shown in Aaron Ramsey coupled with a new contract signed in March would be enough to warn off any potential transfer suitors, but try telling that to Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Daily Mail have reported that both European giants are watching Ramsey closely and retain a long-term interest in the Welsh international, who has enjoyed a fantastic campaign when fit.

Ramsey scored 16 goals for Arsenal last season either side of a near five-month absence with a thigh injury, one which culminated in a dream moment as the 23-year-old scored the winning extra-time goal in the FA Cup final against Hull City.

That strong form has alerted Bayern Munich to his potential as they plan a contingency incase Toni Kroos cannot be persuaded to sign a new contract despite Manchester United ending interest in a summer switch, preferring to wait as his current deal enters its final year.

Wenger only tied Ramsey down to a new £100,000-a-week deal as reward for his brilliant form in March, although Barcelona have been scouting the midfield maestro long before those fresh terms were ever penned.

Barca have a proven track record of raiding the Emirates for talent and reportedly believe Ramsey could be a long-term successor to Xavi or Andres Iniesta, high praise indeed.

Wenger is not prepared to entertain any rumours in his star performer though and is even thought to have abandoned an approach for ex-captain Cesc Fabregas as a result.

Fabregas is rumoured to be for sale this summer but Wenger is desperate not to harm Ramsey's chances of shining next season and beyond, prioritising building on what he has and giving Barca and Bayern no reason to believe their interest will ever become concrete.

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