Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has agreed to join Italian giants Juventus next season in a deal that will net him in excess of $500,000 a week.
The Welshman, 28, is out of contract at the end of season with the Gunners ruling out a new deal for him, despite his 11 years of service the club.
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He has been linked with a host of big-name European clubs, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but has now tied himself to Juventus by signing a pre-contract agreement for a reported four-year deal worth more than £400,000 (US$515,000) a week.
The pay will add up to as much as £83 million over four years, according to UK media reports.
The huge pay packet – which will be the highest ever received by a British player in basic salary terms – will be offset by him arriving at the Turin club for free, with his contract expiring at Arsenal at the end of June.
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Ramsey will reportedly be second on the club’s payroll behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who takes home an estimated $5.3 million per month before tax.
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Welsh international Ramsey has already passed a January medical at Juve, and will link up with Massimiliano Allegri’s team over the summer.
He has played more than 250 times for Arsenal, scoring 61 goals. He is a firm fan favorite at the London club, with some supporters bemused over the club’s decision not to press for a new deal.