German giants Bayern Munich are confident they have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international’s contract runs out next summer and the Gunners took a new deal off the table in September, eventually telling Ramsey that he was not in Unai Emery’s long-term plans.
Now it looks like Bayern will snap up the Welsh international on a free transfer next summer, according to The Indepedent.
There has been plenty of interest in the midfielder since it became clear he would be leaving the Emirates after 10 seasons, and both Chelsea and Liverpool were among the English clubs keen to get a deal done.
But Bayern now believe they have seen off competition from both the Premier League and abroad, and that Ramsey will move to Germany next summer.
Ramsey is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January and the deal is said to be similar to that of Leon Goretzka, who moved to Bayern from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer, signing a four-year contract.
Ramsey might not be in Emery’s plans, but he has scored the winning goal in two FA Cup finals for the Gunners and won their player of the season award twice, including last season.
The news will also provide a welcome boost for Bayern, who, despite claiming the last six Bundesliga titles, have had a stuttering start to Niko Kovac’s first campaign in charge.
They lost 3-2 to arch-rivals and current leaders Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling game on Saturday, leaving them seven points behind Dortmund after 11 games.
They have lost three league matches already this season, just one less then they managed in the whole of the last campaign.