By Anthony Onifade

8th Aug, 2023 | 8:10pm

Aston Villa must ensure they get best out of Aaron Ramsey deal amid £12m development

Burnley have increased their offer to £12million to sign Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but the Villans must ensure they have a chance to bring him back to Villa Park in the future.

According to the Daily Mail (7 August), the 20-year-old attacking midfielder remains a target for Vincent Kompany’s side as they attempt to lure him away from Villa Park.

Ramsey spent last season on loan with both Norwich City and Middlesbrough, impressing in the Championship as he scored eight times in 31 matches between the two clubs and has caught the eye of the Manchester City legend as he prepares for life in the Premier League.

While a Burnley move would be absolutely beneficial for Ramsey’s long-term development, given he may find opportunities hard to come by at Villa Park this season, Aston Villa must certainly be selfish with Burnley’s new approach and ensure that Ramsey remains tied to the West Midlands whether he goes.

It is believed that Burnley are willing to offer around £12m for the Bodymoor Heath wonder and are hopeful that boss Unai Emery will be receptive to the offer.

However, Aston Villa have rightly demanded a future incentive from Burnley in order to accept the offer.

Writing via his Patreon account (4 August), newspaper journalist Alan Nixon writes:

“The Clarets are willing to go to a guaranteed £12million for attacking midfielder Ramsey and hope Villa will accept,” Nixon wrote.

“However Villa would prefer to let the deal go ahead with a guaranteed price if they choose to take him ‘home’ in a couple of years.”

“The Lancashire club want Ramsey badly but they are not sure about that plan which is the idea of Villa’s new transfer guru Monchi.”

Aston Villa are certainly right to make such demands, with the club’s future and sustainability at the forefront of their minds.

Ramsey is too big and great a talent to let go of so easily and it’s imperative, the Villans put up a fight of some sort to ensure they are getting the best out of any potential deal for the attacking midfielder.

The same can potentially be said for the likes of Jaden Philogene and Lamare Bogarde, two of the club’s biggest academy talents who are also attracting plenty of interest this summer.

Their potential is simply too bright for the Villans to ignore, and in order for the club to continue its rich youthful traditions, these classy young talents must remain at the forefront of what the club plans to do in the future.

Ramsey needs game-time, a club where he could thrive every week, just like he enjoyed at Middlesborough before his unfortunate injury before the end of the campaign.

He scored three goals and provided three assists for the Canaries, before moving to the Boro in January, where he notched ten goals and six assists in just 18 appearances in the second tier.

Throughout the season he was played in attacking midfield and sometimes out wide or further forward on the left. He also made his debut for the England Under-20s last season in a friendly against Chile and scored for his country in his third match for the age group against Australia.

The magical technician produced an impressive eight goals and four assists from an attacking midfield position, which shows that the young gem is capable of making things happen at the top end of the pitch with regularity despite his age and inexperience.

Meanwhile, no Villa midfielder managed more than six top-flight goals during the 2022/23 campaign and only two players in that position provided more than four assists.

Ramsey, previously dubbed “selfless” by ex-boss Michael Carrick, caught the eye in the Championship after enjoying a terrific time at U21 level for the Villans. He racked up 15 goals and eight assists in 30 U21 matches for the club prior to his first-team breakthrough, showing that first-team breakthrough is inevitable.

However, now he finds himself at a crossroads, and at a stage in his career where he will want to push on and play more first-team football as he prepares to turn 21 midway through next season.

A move for Burnley seems perfectly ideal, but there’s an argument to be made that he can still make the grade at Aston Villa and play alongside his brother Jacob.

If the Villans include a buy-back clause in any potential deal for Aaron, then that dream remains a real possibility and given Ramsey’s burgeoning potential and attacking class, it would be very silly for Villa to let him go without a future incentive.

It’s clear Aston Villa want Aaron to follow in his brother’s footsteps, but whether that’s at Villa Park or another club remains to be seen. For now, though, Emery and the West Midlands outfit must ensure that provide Ramsey with the best deal and conditions possible for him to fulfil his undoubted potential.

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