Two Welshs, two Englishmen, an Irishman and an old lady. It is not the beginning of a joke, but the story of our islands and Juventus. The last chapter should take place in the summer, when the Old Lady welcomes a new Premier League boy.
A year and a half ago the Italian champions have moved big names including Gigi Buffon and Gonzalo Higuain and released the faithful servant Stephen Lichtsteiner. The Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo arrived and entered directly in the starting XI.
The renewal continues and the Turin club has identified Aaron Ramsey as the man for their midfield. The 28-year-old has reached a five-year deal with the club and is considered the final heir to one of the team's most popular (but low-profile) players.
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal has agreed to join the Juventus Italian giants at the end of the season
Many at the Italian club hope that one day Ramsey will replace the old midfielder Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira won the World Cup, the Champions League and titles in Germany, Spain and Italy. Juve's followers know what leads and coach Massimiliano Allegri loves his former Real Madrid power plant.
But the fragile German will be 32 in the spring, and has always been unlucky for injuries. The volume of matches that Juventus faces each year is too high for Khedira.
The international with 77 garments still has much to offer, but many inside the club believe that the former Cardiff player Ramsey will initially provide an alternative to the Mannschaft idol, to then replace it definitively.
Of course, much can happen between now and the next season, and several influential soccer players claim that Allegri will leave Juventus if he will lead them to the glory of the Champions League on June 1 in Madrid. But if Allegri remains, or his favorite three-midfield system, Ramsey will line up on the right side of an already formidable unit.
Bosnian Miralem Pjanic operates in midfield for Massimiliano Allegri's team
The star of France Blaise Matuidi is usually on the left of Pjanic and is the incarnation of a handyman
The Bosnian Miralem Pjanic acts in the middle, applying his astute and fast passage and showing his spike qualities when necessary. The former Romanist specialist and dead ball is the architect of Allegri. Blaise Matuidi is usually on the left of Pjanic and is the incarnation of a handyman.
The extraordinary energy and game power of the 2018 World Cup winner allows him to have a defensive and offensive impact. He quickly established himself as a key member of the team since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
Collapse when it is least expected is its trademark, whether it is a last tackle or a threat in the opposition penalty area. Omnipresent Matuidi is a fusion of intelligence and supreme athletics.
The Uruguayan perspective Rodrigo Bentancur or Khedira himself complete the triumvirate. The former Boca Bentancur player did a good job this season after injuries suffered by others gave him a chance on the first team. He is growing in authority and ventures forward whenever possible.
The Uruguayan potential Rodrigo Bentancur or Khedira himself complete the midfield triumvirate
But Juventus wants an attacking midfielder, so their interest in Ramsey's signing
But Juve want an offensive midfielder, so the Ramsey agreement. & # 39; Incursore & # 39; is the Italian word from a predator, which enters from a large midfield (but not necessarily a wing) and makes things happen in the box. They deal with their counters through impeccable timing or rhythm, and when they are very good they can contribute between ten and fifteen goals per season. This is what the Bianconeri yearn for Ramsey.
Ramsey will not be the first Welsh to wear black and white stripes. The kind giant John Charles is one of the most beloved foreigners to play for Juventus, scoring 105 goals in five seasons. Carlo is still revered in Turin and in Italy, where his sense of fair play is admired as much as his football prowess.
Ian Rush also spent a season in Piedmont, in 1987/88. The thin striker did not enjoy Charles's success, but there were extenuating circumstances. It was a period of transition for Juventus after a decade of unprecedented domination that delivered the European Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Rush struggled, as did the whole team. The superstars had retired or had been sold, in particular Michel Platini, Zibi Boniek and Marco Tardelli. Marshal Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini were in the twilight of glorious careers. Rushie scored 14 goals in all competitions with an average side that ended the campaign in sixth place. In addition, the Serie A boasted the best defenders on the planet at the time.
John Charles performed for Juventus when he played against Arsenal in November 1958
Two Englishmen fill the white and black Britons. The William Jordan wing scored five league goals in his only season with Juventus in 1948/49. Almost half a century later, the competition for places does not forgive for David Platt.
The protagonist of Italy & # 90; was fighting with Andreas Moller, Antonio Conte, Dino Baggio and Paolo Di Canio for minutes on the field, and failed to impose itself. But its application and its attitude have hit Juventus. Platty scored three goals in 16 league games in 1992/93.
Then there is the proud Irish Liam Brady. He landed in northern Italy from the same club of Ramsey, Arsenal. Brady was a great success, before being sacrificed for Platini in the days when the number of foreign players was limited to clubs. If Ramsey can show even half the class and the calm under pressure that Brady has done, he'll be fine.
The intriguer born in Caerphilly will enjoy the luxury of working in a group at the height of his powers and unparalleled in domestic football – something that has been denied to Rush. And although it might not replicate the fantastic businesses of & # 39; Long John & # 39; Charles, will have the perfect opportunity to continue the special relationship between the Old Lady and the Red Dragon.