Report: Newcastle missed chance to sign Arsenal star Ramsey for £500k

The Sunday Express claims that the Tyneside club could have landed the Welsh midfielder in his younger days for a modest fee.

Aaron Ramsey’s injury last season played a significant part in Arsenal’s title challenge failing, with the Wales international having a wonderful start to the season.

After serious injuries and having to mature in North London, it is fair to state that the former Cardiff man is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Premier League currently.

His valuation to the Gunners must be in the tens of millions; but a report today suggests that Newcastle turned down the opportunity to sign him for only £500,000 during his younger days.

The Sunday Express report claims that after being identified by the St James’ Park club’s Wales scout at the time Neil Bartholomew, Ramsey and his family travelled to the North East on a number of occasions.

However, the 15-year-old was engraved in Cardiff’s academy and the Toon would have had to pay £500,000 to land him – which they are said to have declined to do.

With Newcastle struggling for midfield inspiration since the January departure of Yohan Cabaye, the Geordie faithful would surely wish to have someone of Ramsey’s potential in their current squad.

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