Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus next season

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus next season

Ramsey's future had been the subject of speculation for some considerable time with his contract due to expire at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the current season.

The BBC had been reporting on the deal and it was confirmed on Monday that Ramsey will, in fact, be joining the Old Lady after 30 June 2019. Juventus said the signing will incur "additional costs" of €3.7 million (£3.24m) to be paid by July 10.

Ramsey has made 22 league appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring twice, including a splendid strike against Fulham in October that was regarded by many as an early contender for goal of the season.

Ramsey began his career at Cardiff City, making it his first team debut in 2007 before arriving at Arsenal in July 2008.

According to UEFA regulations, players in the final year of their deals can sign pre-contract agreements with teams in other leagues.

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But whereas Charles picked up just £20 a week, Ramsey will join football's highest earners at a club that already boasts Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns £28m a year.

Following the announcement, Ramsey issued a statement himself on his social media account.

He wrote: "You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there through all the highs and lows I've encountered during my time at the club".

Ramsey is set to earn a staggering £400,000-a-week before tax after finally agreeing to join Juventus at the end of the season. It is with a heavy heart I leave after 11 incredible years in north London.