By Pranav Shahaney

20th Dec, 2021 | 6:30am

Dr Dan: Everton cannot afford to sign Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey

We’re delighted to welcome football finance expert Dr Daniel Plumley as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Everton...

Everton will not be able to afford to sign Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey even on a free transfer, given his staggering £42million wage demands.

That is according to Dr Dan Plumley, who claims that if they are to comply with the FFP rules, they will not consider signing him.

In a report in the Sunday Mirror on December 12, Juventus are desperate to get him off their wage bill and are willing to offload him for free in January.

Rafa Benitez is understood to be an admirer and is pushing for his side to sign the player in the winter transfer window.

However, the finances behind getting his deal over the line could be something the club cannot afford.

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Discussing this situation, Dr Dan, the Sheffield Hallam University expert, told Goodison News, “If you look at the numbers suggested, then yes, players like Ramsey are off-limits for Everton.

“That’s not to say it won’t happen. We’ve seen it time and time again.

“Everton had made big losses, even before Covid. They’re right on the border of FFP.

“£42million over a three-year contract, even with the wage demands, that’s over £12million a year in terms of wages, assuming it’s a free transfer.

“Would you say it’s a good idea, looking at the Everton numbers, to spend £12million just on wages for one player? I don’t think you would.”

Most of Everton’s signings in the summer were free agents and that was down to the fact that they spent lavishly in the three seasons prior to Benitez’s arrival, leaving them on thin ice in terms of financial regulations.

Recently, the club have written to the Premier League to find out how much they can spend without breaking the FFP guidelines.

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