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Transfer Bin: Aaron Ramsey wanted by Barcelona

The Spanish giants are reportedly interested in the Arsenal midfielder. But could a move really happen?

According to reports, Aaron Ramsey is wanted by Barcelona.

And who could blame them?

Any top club in European football will be attracted to players producing at the top level, and Ramsey has done just that all season. As well as scoring the goal that won Arsenal their first trophy in nine years, the Welshman has shone in the Premier League and Champions League, despite suffering further injury trouble this term.

Barca, then, could well be right to think he would add something to their midfield. His dynamism going forward is suited to their attacking principles, his passing ability could rival that of his team-mates in training and his tough tackling could add considerable defensive solidity to the Catalans.

But just as Barcelona - and Bayern Munich - are right to be interested in the 23-year-old, Arsene Wenger and the Gunners are just as right not to be at all willing to let him go.

  GoalsAssistsSuccessful DribblesAccurate PassesTackles WonMins
Aaron Ramsey 10 8 30 1,278 65 1,764

As Opta data shows, Ramsey scored 10 goals and registered eight assists this season, despite making just 23 appearances. His dribbling, passing and tackling also impressed, while speculation amongst Arsenal fans will forever linger about whether they could have gone the distance in the league had the Welshman stayed fit.

Why, then, would Arsenal let their star man go under any circumstances?

The north London side have certainly been forced into sales in the past - back-to-back captains left the club in Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie - but, this summer, they are under no such pressure. While Ramsey has admitted a desire to play for Barcelona later in his career, this transfer window will be the one time in recent history where Arsenal have more trophies to their name than Barcelona.

The availability of Fabregas to return to the Emirates, of course, could potentially sway Wenger and the board, if a swap deal between the pair could be arranged, but would the Gunners be better off?

No matter the talent and ability of the Spaniard, Ramsey is four years his junior, with Arsenal said to hold him in higher esteem than the previously departed Fabregas, anyway.

With a such a state of affairs, then, Barcelona may well be interested in 23-year-old Ramsey, but the chances of a move happening are extremely remote, to say the least.

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