EPL: Aaron Ramsey takes pay cut to leave Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey has agreed to join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports from Italy.

Ramsey's contract with Arsenal, where he has spent the past ten years, expires in June, and the midfielder was not able to reach an agreement with the club over an extension.

The reports added that Juventus were set to pay the player 140,000 pounds (179,074 dollars) per week, a fee that would make Ramsey the club's second-highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, despite his influence on the Gunners, talks over a new contract were unexpectedly halted earlier this season, when the North London club rescinded their offer of a new deal and informed him that he was free to leave.

The Italian champions Juve are nine points clear at the top of Serie A as they chase an eighth successive title. He is likely to replace one of Emre Can, Rodrigo Bentancur and Sami Khedira, with the latter possibly leaving the club in the summer.

Ramsey signed for Arsenal from Cardiff for £4.8m.

To date, he has scored 52 goals in his 252 Premier League appearances and has often been the driving force within the Arsenal midfield.

Ramsey has had his injury problems but Juventus are delighted to have secured the midfielder on a free transfer, while. The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, also had major reservations about both Özil and Ramsey fitting into his plans and the style he wants to play.