Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal next summer at which point he will be a free agent.
As of January the midfielder is free to talk to foreign clubs about joining them next season and Juventus are said to be front runners for his signature.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Serie A side have picked up a bargain. In fact, they are somewhat experts in panning for gold, in the free market.
Fabio Cannavaro (2009-2010)
Cannavaro initially joined at the height of his powers in 2004 when Inter, quite strangely, swapped him for goalkeeper Fabian Carini with both players costing €10m.
He left for Real Madrid in 2006 and returned for free in 2009, linking up with Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon. It wasn’t a happy return and in the Europa League game against Fulham, he was sent off in the Premier League side’s incredible comeback that saw them reach the 2010 quarter-final.
Andrea Pirlo (2011-2015)
The majestic, bearded beauty that is Andrea Pirlo. He is the sort of player we are unlikely to see again in the top levels of European football, as he made the game look effortless and like a fine red wine, the midfielder got better with age.
He had four very successful seasons with Juventus, and was named Serie A Player of the Year in consistent seasons from 2012-2014. Pirlo, in all four seasons, was named in the Italian team of the year.
On his signing, Gianluigi Buffon said: “It was the signing of the century, when he said he was joining us [Juventus], the first thing I thought was ‘God exists’.”
Sami Khedira (2015-present):
He won the Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 2007 and in a five-year career with Real Madrid, whom he joined in 2010, picked up seven honours before moving to Juve in 2015 for free.
Since being at Juventus he has won the league in all three seasons, as well as scoring 19 league goals, not bad for a player who is meant to protect a defensive line. Then again, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are more than capable on their own.
Emre Can (2018-present):
Can has always looked like he possesses everything possible to be one of the most influential midfielders in Europe.
He was signed by Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, as a utility player and went on to play 115 times for the club before deciding his future lay with Juventus.
Now 24, Can still has his best years ahead of him and looks as if he’ll be a long term replacement for Khedira.
Dani Alves (2016-2017):
Barcelona’s decision to release the full-back in 2016 was Juve’s gain and even though he was only in Italy for a season, he made a huge impact.
Alves played 33 times and picked up the domestic double, while also helping the club to the Champions League final, scoring a memorable volley against Monaco in the semis.
Juventus were feeling generous as they cancelled his two-year contract by mutual consent, which allowed him to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
Fernando Llorente (2013-2015)
Llorente is old school, a bully from Spain who thrives off of long balls and crosses into the box.
The Spaniard netted 118 goals in 333 matches for Athletic Bilbao, the most prolific period of his career, in a nine-year career in his homeland.
He is another who joined Juve on a free transfer at the end of his career, but was seen to be more of a back-up to compatriot Alvaro Morata and ex-Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez.
LLorente, despite being a third choice striker, scored 27 goals across two season’s in Turin, with 16 goals coming in the first year.
This was enough to finish seventh overall on the Serie A top scorer list – not bad for a bit-part player.
He left in 2015 for Sevilla on another free transfer and then a year later swapped the sun of his home nation for the cold of Swansea in the Premier League before joining Tottenham a year later.
Kingsley Coman (2014-2017)
After his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired in the summer, Juve swooped to snap the 18-year-old up for free.
However, the Serie A champions had to pay their Ligue 1 counterparts compensation for the years he spent in their youth development scheme. Coman had been on PSG’s books for nine years and made his Ligue 1 debut the previous season.
He made 20 appearances in his first season, mostly as a substitute and then Pep Guardiola brought him to Germany to join up with his impressive Bayern Munich side on a two-year loan which cost the Bundesliga champions €7million.
After two successful seasons the move was made a permanent one for a final fee of €21m, all profit for Juve on a squad player who was never going to be a key in their current set up.
Paul Pogba (2012-2016)
It was a similar situation to Coman, with Pogba, who won the FA Youth Cup with Man United, leaving Old Trafford in 2012 and angering Sir Alex Ferguson.
A free transfer, yes, but Pogba had spent three years in the United academy, featuring three times in the Premier League and a tribunal ordered Juve to pay £800,000.
The larger than life character won nine trophies at Juve and was named in the Serie A team of the year three times, his first at the age of 19.
What makes this story so sweet for anyone involved at Juventus is that his old side decided they had made a mistake letting the France ace go, so got ‘Pog-back’ in 2016, for a tasty world record fee of £89million.
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It seems criminal how the ‘Old Lady’ can keep getting away with it, making signings some can only dream of without any price tag attached whatsoever.
If Aaron Ramsey is to be the latest in this talented chronicle of free signings, it will not be one the Italian club or the man himself are likely to regret.