Arsenal must spend around £50m this summer if they’re to successfully replace Aaron Ramsey.
That’s because BEIN Sports pundit Andy Gray doesn’t believe Matteo Guendouzi is close to being ready to fill the Welshman’s boots.
Ramsey is edging close to his Arsenal departure as he prepares for his free transfer switch to Juventus at the end of the season.
The central-midfielder has agreed to join the Serie A champions on a staggering £400,000-a-week deal.
He’s been in great form for Unai Emery’s side, both on and off the pitch, being consistently influential in matches whilst showing a model professional attitude.
Gray says the Gunners would have to wait two or three years to see whether French ace Guendouzi is capable of producing what Ramsey has during his time at the club.
The 20 year-old, plucked last summer from Lorient has become a regular this season.
But Gray claims Arsenal must spend big to replace Ramsey.
“Well you probably start at £40m – start at £40m,” Gray said.
“If you want to replace him for what he’s got now.
“Listen, Guendouzi may be a player who comes in and in three or four years time he might be the new Aaron Ramsey, we don’t know that.
“He’s a young kid, they brought him from the second division in France.