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Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal replacement? 'Gunners target World Cup star' as Wales international nears the exit

The Welshman looks set to leave Arsenal in January after failing to agree terms on a new deal

Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal replacement? 'Gunners target World Cup star' as Wales international nears the exit

The Welshman looks set to leave Arsenal in January after failing to agree terms on a new deal

11 October 2018 Thursday 13:45
Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal replacement? 'Gunners target World Cup star' as Wales international nears the exit

Arsenal have identified Porto captain Hector Herrera as a replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.

Herrera impressed for Mexico during the World Cup, and is believed to be on a shortlist drawn up by Gunners boss Unai Emery.

Arsenal were hopeful of tying Ramsey down to a new deal, what with his contract set to expire in the summer, but the agency representing the player confirmed he will be leaving.

Avid Sports & Entertainment Group made it clear on social media - in tweets that have now been deleted - that Ramsey has no future at the club.

Arsenal have reportedly identified Hector Herrera as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey (Image: SIPA USA/PA Images)

One tweet read: "There is nothing we can do... the club made a decision." While another stated: "He didn't want to leave, but now there is no other option."

Herrera started his career in Mexico with Pachuca before moving to the Portuguese capital, where he worked his way up the ranks at the Estadio do Dragao.

Ramsey is set to leave the north London club in the January transfer window (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

According to the Evening Standard, the box to box midfielder is being monitored by the north London club, who could be forced to move for him as soon as January.

As things stand Ramsey can leave Arsenal on a free in the summer, and the Gunners would rather recoup some cash for him before he walks away on a Bosman.

A number of Champions League clubs are monitoring Ramsey's situation (Image: PA)

Liverpool and Manchester United are believed to be interested in signing him, while Juventus are also monitoring his situation on the continent.

Ramsey came off the bench in Arsenal's demolition of Fulham last time out, and found the back of the net in the 5-1 win.

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