Aaron Ramsey is ‘increasingly likely’ to join Everton, who are ‘ready to welcome’ the former Arsenal midfielder to Goodison Park in January.
Ramsey joined Juventus from the Gunners on a free transfer in 2019, but has struggled to truly establish himself in Serie A.
He has started just one game for the Italian side this term and as the fourth-highest earner on €7m a year, the club would be happy to have him off their wage bill.
And Ramsey is thought to be keen on a departure to land more game time.
Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) claim a move away is ‘certain’ in the winter transfer window after the midfielder rejected ‘many proposals’ in the summer.
A report last month suggested the Serie A giants would be willing to allow Ramsey to leave for free, sparking interest from a number of clubs over a January move, when the ‘doors will open again’.
Newcastle’s new-found wealth has brought them into the mix, but Calciomercato claim it’s Everton who have stolen a march in the bid to sign him.
It’s ‘increasingly likely’ he’ll end up at Goodison Park with Rafa Benitez ‘ready to welcome’ him into the fold.
It’s unlikely the Toffees will be willing to shell out €7m per year, but they do have resources to cope with a high wage demand having got rid of James Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, Everton legend Neville Southall has praised Benitez for the “immense” change he’s made at the club in his short time in charge.
He said: “So far, it’s going ok so fans can be reasonably happy.
“Some a still a little bit unsettled with Rafa, but he’s came in and got results and he’s doing well.
“I think people are pleasantly surprised, but still reserved to be fair. He’s not been in the job that long so eventually he’ll do well for us.
“He’s changed the attitude of the players which is immense, I think.
“They’re a talented bunch of players, perhaps their attitude at times wasn’t great. But now we seem to have them all working together.
“It’s been a delight for me to watch.”