Storm Dennis has been causing havoc down and up the nation of late. Before that there was Storm Ciara. Floods have been rife, rail lines were blown on by trampolines and all manner of disruption has been caused. It has been a nightmare for everyone. Actually, the country has not seen that much chaos and disruption since Maurizio Sarri was at Chelsea. The Italian swept in and repositioned N’Golo Kante, who was, of course, hailed as the best player on the planet when it came to the defensive midfield role, and also the best Chelsea had seen since the mercurial Claude Makelele. That didn’t matter to Sarri, who was able to turn the midfield upside down and destroy both Jorginho’s debut season in London and Kante’s season altogether. In reality, the Chelsea midfield has never recovered their equilibrium, so it came as no shock to see Sarri cast out not only Emre Can but also do his best to get rid of Aaron Ramsey upon his arrival in Turin. Need chaos in your midfield? Call Mr M Sarri. It’s this kind of chaos that has the Asian bookmakers suggesting Juve won’t defend their Serie A title this season.
Juve snapped up Ramsey when his contract with Arsenal came to a conclusion. Injury issues and convincing Sarri have turned into a real problem for Ramsey, and a transfer that appeared as though it may be gold for both parties might now end up with a wad of money for Juve along with a crash course in Italian for Ramsey before he returns back to the United Kingdom. Actually, gold may have been struck here, with a crucial bargaining chip for Juve in a possible deal to bring Paul Pogba back to the club. The Italian giants know Pogba well, and want him to go back as a marquee signing to take some of the pressure from Cristiano Ronaldo with regard to goals and marketing – however, to get him from United, they will need not only money but also a couple of players to ship in the opposite direction.
Fortunately for them, Ramsey could be ideal as a make-weight, and in fact, someone United might be better off with in all honesty. His attitude and work rate are next to none, and Ramsey gives the impression of someone who only wants to be on the field playing football. That’s not been the case with Paul Pogba at the previous few seasons, and his urge to upgrade from Man United was evident. Given United is going to be lucky to get back into the Champions League and also have a manager who attended Clown School before graduating to relegate Cardiff, that’s no shock, but while they don’t have anything bar cash to provide Pogba, Ramsey is a different story. They could offer him playing time week in, week out. He would be able to play in the Premier League again, and to get a club who despite their waning star, are an enormous attraction to players. Any side signing Ramsey would see their Premier League odds drop meaning it would be worth it to open a vodds account and get backing.
Ramsey’s style of play would suit United. A partnership with Bruno Fernandes would get United fans excited, and also the goal threat Ramsey provides would also be helpful for the club. Actually Ramsey is so versatile that he can play a variety of roles, from a number ten to a holding midfielder and plenty of positions in between which could make him an attractive prospect for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – supposing Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have kept him in the job by the summer of course. You would have to presume that along with Paul Pogba, other United players could be moved on this summer – like Nemanja Matic, who is in place to collect his free bus pass any day now and frankly ought to be ashamed to show his face after Jose Mourinho revealed he could run twice as fast as him, and an adaptable Ramsey will be worth his weight in gold.
Dennis could have caused chaos, yet this storm may be perfect for Pogba, United, Juve and Ramsey. It might let United and Pogba part ways, with neither party losing out, and allow Ramsey to return to England to a side that are currently crying out for a player with his box-to-box ability. Obviously, Storm Sarri would await Pogba in Turin, and if this goes badly, the levels of chaos could be much bigger than anything we’ve seen before.