Now that Aston Villa have got their January transfer window business off to a flyer with a loan deal for Barcelona and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, the Midlands club now have three-and-a-half more weeks to secure any other new players that Steven Gerrard thinks would improve his squad.
One man who Villa’s sporting director Johan Lange could look to sign in a similar deal to their one for Coutinho is Juventus and former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Having been linked with a move for the Welshman recently, this could be the ideal time for Villa to swoop for him now that a deal has been agreed for Coutinho, and the fact that Juventus manager Max Allegri has labelled Ramsey an “outgoing player” from the Italian club this month.
With a total of 262 appearances in the Premier League under his belt during his time at Arsenal, with 40 goals and 51 assists to his name, the 31-year-old could offer Villa a serious amount of top-flight experience – just like Coutinho – if he were to follow in the Brazilian’s footsteps and return to England this month.
Given how Villa have two young midfielders in their squad in the shape of Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka, these are two players that could benefit from having a player like the Wales international – who is currently picking up a hefty wage of £175k-per-week according to Salary Sport – alongside them as a mentor.
Taking into account how the 31-year-old – who has been likened to Frank Lampard in the past by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in regards to his style of play – has only made five appearances for Juventus so far this season, it’s easy to see why Allegri sees no place for him in his squad and why a return to the Premier League could be tempting for the Welshman if he would be guaranteed regular playing time at Villa Park.
Moving forward, with the status of Ramsey’s current situation at Juventus now made clear by Allegri, Villa should definitely explore the possibility of securing a move for the midfielder, either on a loan deal or a potential permanent transfer to see if he can slot into Gerrard’s squad and help the team progress.