Aaron Ramsey has insisted he has no interest in joining Barcelona, and rubbished rumours suggesting he might be intrigued by the idea of signing for the Catalan giants if they make a swoop.
Recent rumours have inferred that the Blaugrana do indeed hold Ramsey high in their estimations and, having watched him play on no less than ten occasions this season, could be prepared to pay £50 million for his signature.
With the FA Cup final clash tomorrow the gossip, which has duly spread like wildfire around the web, will have certainly been an annoying distraction for Arsene Wenger, who himself laughed off the speculation when asked earlier this week. Fortunately for Arsenal fans Ramsey has now done the same, informing BBC Sport that he wasn’t even paying the idea heed.
"No, not at this time. I'm focusing on the FA Cup so that's what appeals to me at this moment in time," Ramsey said.
No move to happen
"That's just something that's been written in the papers. I'm focused on Arsenal and winning the FA Cup.
"That sort of news doesn't affect me or even enter my mind."
From a neutral standpoint it looks very much as though the recent boom in stories linking Barcelona with moves for reputable midfielders has come as a result of Xavi’s confirmation that he will be taking his leave of the Nou Camp this summer.
The likes of Paul Pogba and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan have already found themselves a regular fixture in the transfer columns ahead of the summer transfer window, despite the fact Barcelona’s transfer ban will supposedly keep them from signing anyone new until 2016.
Perhaps the treble-chasing Spanish champions are ready to dish out pre-contractual agreements for next January, but one has to admit it makes the feasibility of them landing a world-renown star far more diminished.
Meanwhile it must also be said that Ramsey himself has done little to warrant a move to Barcelona based on his exploits this term. By all accounts it’s been a relatively disappointing campaign in north London for the Welshman with regards to what he’s shown he can do in the past.
Six goals and six assists across 29 Premier League appearances isn’t poor by any means, but considering he managed to bag 10 goals and notch eight assists last season in just 23 games there’s certainly been a drop-off in form.
That’s not to say that he doesn’t remain an integral part of Wenger’s squad however, and even if Barca were to come in with a bid of £50m there’s no guarantees it would be accepted. At 24 Ramsey has plenty to offer the Gunner still moving forward, although sooner or later, this summer or no, Arsenal’s resolve is sure to be tested concerning keeping him.
Arsenal fans, do you think Ramsey could be a viable target for Barcelona? If so is there any chance he would say no to a move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.