AARON RAMSEY will earn £300,000-a-week at Juventus and become the second-highest paid British footballer of all time, reports claim.
The Welshman, 28, is in the last six months of his Arsenal contract and was free to negotiate with other clubs as of January 1.
Getty Images – Getty3 Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal on a free and move to Juventus, but he will pick up a bumper contract in the process
AFP or licensors3 Ramsey's Wales pal Gareth Bale, left, is the highest-paid British footballer
He has now had a medical with the Italian giants and agreed a bumper contract, with a considerable signing-on fee that would set anyone up for life on its own.
Along with bonuses for appearances, the remuneration is understood to put him on £300,000-a-week — or £15.6million a year — making him the second-wealthiest British footballer ever, behind only Gareth Bale.
Fellow Wales star Bale is understood to be on £350,000-a-week at Real Madrid.
Ramsey is the latest in a growing trend of footballers to run down their contracts, while their agents tout them around to new clubs with a premium signing-on fee required.
Top 10 highest-earning British footballers after Ramsey switch
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) — £350,000-a-week
Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) — £300,000
Wayne Rooney (DC United) — £300,000
Raheem Sterling (Man City) — Up to £300,000
Harry Kane (Tottenham) — £200,000 + bonuses
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) — £120,000
John Stones, Kyle Walker (Man City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) — £100,000
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Agents argue that the bumper signing-on cash offsets the fact that they are coming for free and won't have to pay another club a transfer fee.
Fans may not like it, but this is the economic reality of modern football.
Alexis Sanchez did it with Manchester United, Emre Can did so with Juventus too, while United will also be wary that David De Gea could do the same to them.
Ramsey may well have been miffed at seeing Mesut Ozil landing a new £350,000-a-week deal at Arsenal despite doubts over his impact on the team.