Aaron Ramsey is close to waking up from his Juventus nightmare.
The Wales international is in talks with the Italian side to settle the final year of his contract and allow him to sign for another club for free.
So keen is he to leave, Ramsey is prepared to walk away from his £400,000-a-week contract to ensure he can play regular football with the World Cup in Qatar just four months away.
If Ramsey were a super hero he would be ‘the invisible man’ but unfortunately for Juventus fans he is a player that, in three years living in Italy, has almost never been seen on the pitch.
Aaron Ramsey (right) is desperately trying to find his way out of Juventus this summer
Ramsey has struggled since leaving Arsenal and in the last four years he has been blighted by injury, stopping him from returning to being one of the brightest stars in European football.
Ramsey’s main problem is that of his fragile muscles and his predisposition to injuries.
He earned more than £7,600 for every minute he played in a Juventus shirt, which is more than Cristiano Ronaldo earned during his time in Madrid, who in the period spent in Turin earned roughly £6,760 per minute with an average of 30 goals per year for three years.
A disastrous loan with Rangers in Scotland means he has been sent packing back to Juventus where he is now seeking a new challenge to allow him to depart.
A dismal loan spell with Rangers in Scotland did little to raise his transfer value for Juventus
Even with his disastrous spell with Juventus, there will still be a market for Ramsey, with a hope that his form for Wales can be unlocked at club level.
Juventus sure as anything do not want to continue and the feeling appears mutual, which raises the question as to what comes next?
Sportsmail has looked at a handful of options that could be available to the Welshman…
MOVE TO MONZA
Now here’s an interesting one.
According to Tuttosport, Monza chief Silvio Berlusconi thought of Ramsey as a summer signing that would bring enthusiasm to the city ahead of their first season in Serie A.
Edinson Cavani, who departed Manchester United this summer, and Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi are other high-profile names on Monza’s radar. It is clear that Berlusconi is determined to land a star.
Silvio Berlusconi is keen to add big free agents to Monza ahead of their first Serie A season
Monza are targeting players in free agency and should Ramsey be able to navigate a way out of his Juventus deal this could gain more traction.
The stumbling block – and it’s a big one – is that Ramsey’s high salary demands could scupper any hopes of a switch to Monza.
Having spent three years in Italy it remains to be seen whether he wants to stick around for a little while longer but should he want to, expect Monza to be circling.
WHAT ABOUT MLS?
If it’s good enough for Gareth Bale…
In all seriousness, Major League Soccer would represent, you would think, a viable route out of Juventus for Ramsey.
Unsurprisingly, Ramsey and Bale are close friends and no doubt they have shared a text or two after Bale made his debut for LAFC.
Ramsey’s close friend, Gareth Bale, has recently made a Major League Soccer move with LAFC
Leaving European football would prove a big decision to make but Ramsey knows there are franchises in MLS that could put together a lucrative financial package in a bid to entice him over.
He’s 31 and his injury record will put off a host of Champions League clubs, which could push him towards the sunnier climes of the US.
Much like Bale he wants to be in his best shape ahead of Wales’ first appearance at a World Cup finals since 1958.
With his close friend giving the green light, don’t rule out Ramsey following suit.
OR IS TURKEY THE NEXT STEP?
Ramsey is a picky man, to say the least.
At the moment he has turned down many offers from Andrea Pirlo to play in Turkey at Karagumruk, Monza’s initial offering, the proposal of Galatasaray and that of the Wolves in the Premier League.
All of that is irritating Juventus beyond belief.
The Italians are tired of paying the salary to a player who has never had a high return since he arrived in Turin.
But don’t expect those he has rebuffed thus far to give up quite so easily and a reunion with Pirlo would be fascinating.
Italian reports have linked Ramsey with an Andrea Pirlo reunion at Turkish side Karagumruk
The pair worked together at Juventus but it appears a move to Turkey is not straightforward
Pirlo is rebuilding his coaching credentials in Turkey having fallen on his face in charge of Juventus, his first job in management.
Landing Ramsey, who was used often at Juventus when Pirlo was in charge, would be a real statement for the Italian coach and one that would dramatically raise the levels in his squad.
Club president Suleyman Hurman seems to believe the Ramsey ship has sailed for them, however.
‘We practically reached the stage of an agreement with Ramsey but then we gave up,’ he said.
Look, if Ramsey is not shown an offer sheet that he loves, who is to say that Hurman and Pirlo don’t come back to the table to finally get that agreement over the line…
WHEN WILL HE BE FREE OF JUVENTUS?
For both sides, sooner the better.
His No 8 shirt is currently not available to buy on the Juventus online store and just the other day he signed the early termination of his contract without even realising it following a trick from a fan.
The supporter in question called Ramsey from a crowd of fans and asked him to sign an autograph.
Ramsey mistakenly signed a fan-made ‘contract termination’ after his return to Juventus
Ramsey was caught out after a fan got him to sign a fake contract termination document
As the former Arsenal star continued with photos and signatures of the club’s gadgets, the fan wrote with a black marker above Ramsey’s signature ‘Contract Termination’ turning everything around with his phone.
The hold up is that Ramsey does not want to leave money on the table, or not too much at least.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Ramsey has asked Juventus for a £3.4m severance pay-off, but the Italian club has countered with an offer of £1.7m, which he has not accepted.
Juventus are preparing for their summer pre-season tour in the United States and Ramsey is not expected to be on the flight scheduled for Thursday.
One scenario is that negotiations over a severance continue and he may stay in Turin to train and keep his fitness up.
There is the prospect he could stay in Turin to work on fitness while Juventus start pre-season