Reporter Ryan Taylor has confirmed that Crystal Palace have held talks on a deal to sign Aaron Ramsey in the January transfer window.
The Wales international was linked with a number of Premier League clubs throughout the month but eventually joined Rangers on loan from Juventus on deadline day.
What’s up with Palace?
They completed two deals during the January transfer window as manager Patrick Vieira sought to bolster his squad at Selhurst Park.
Palace have secured a permanent deal to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta after initially loaning him out while signing striker Luke Plange from Championship club Derby County.
There hasn’t been a headline-grabbing acquisition, but it appears the club have been in exploratory talks over a potential deal to sign Ramsey from the Italian club.
The 31-year-old’s contract in Scotland is heavily subsidized by Juventus, who pay the majority of his salary, according to The Daily Mail.
That could also have been the case had he moved to Palace, but Taylor insists the club were unsure of a deal due to his age and veteran status.
Indeed, the Eagles have made considerable efforts to bring young players into the club this summer, signing Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi from Chelsea, while also signing Michael Olise from Reading and Odsonne Edouard from Celtic.
Their oldest signing was substitute goalkeeper Remi Matthews, who is 27, and the reporter believes Ramsey just didn’t fit their plans to lower the average age at Selhurst Park.
What did Taylor say?
He told GiveMeSport: “I know they had talks about Ramsey, but I don’t think the club were 100 per cent on it. At his age, they were careful to get rid of all those older players.”
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Does that make sense?
Palace made the right choice.
Ramsey, who has been hailed as ‘great’ by boss Vieira, will turn 32 later this year and it remains to be seen if he has the ability to make a real impact at Rangers in Scotland after a career that has suffered multiple injuries.
It’s even less clear whether he could have played Premier League football at a high level, and Palace’s choice against a deal makes perfect sense in terms of how the club are trying to operate in the window of transfer under the direction of Vieira.
They are also doing well in the Premier League table as they sit in 13th place and have played some really exciting football, even beating Manchester City earlier this term.
They don’t need Ramsey at this point.