Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international’s current contract at Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he will become available on a free transfer .Ramsey had initially hoped to extend his contract at Arsenal but negotiations broke down, which has seen a number of top clubs around Europe linked with a move, including Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And it seems that Juve are confident of landing the 28-year-old, with Paratici having confirmed that he is a player that the Serie A leaders are tracking.He told Sky Sports : “He’s a great player, he’s been at great levels for years and plays in a great team.”It [Ramsey’s contract] is due to expire and we are always attentive to the situations that can be created. Juve are on him. Will Ramsey play with us after July? This is all to be verified. For now, he is an Arsenal player.”Now that the January transfer window is open, Ramsey is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any potential suitors, but Arsenal do not plan to let him leave ahead of schedule this month .The 28-year-old has yet to make a final decision regarding his next destination, but did suggest that he was planning to leave when he spoke to the press back in October .Ramsey has racked up 353 appearances for the Gunners over the last decade, contributing 61 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup on three occasions.Under the club’s new Spanish boss Unai Emery the Welshman has retained a prominent role in the team, featuring 18 times in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea in fourth having played a game more, with a fight now on their hands to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.Next up for Emery’s men is a third-round FA Cup tie at Blackpool on Saturday, before a short trip across London to face West Ham in the league a week later.Ramsey is in line to feature once again this weekend, where he will be looking to add to his tally of three goals and six assists across all competitions this term.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and boosted its troop strength by less than half of what the head of mission requested. It also authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to initiate plans to redeploy troops, if necessary, from UN missions in nearby Liberia and Sierra Leone to help quell the simmering tensions in the divided country.Expressing “serious concern” at the continued deterioration and humanitarian situation, particularly after the “dramatic” events that recently occurred in the west of the country, the extended the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and of the French forces which support it for a period of 7 months, until 24 January 2006.Earlier this month, the Council strongly condemned the massacres of civilians in the western town of Duékoué, and urged Ivorian authorities to conduct an inquiry into the killings immediately so the perpetrators can be brought to justice and condemned.In the measure adopted today, the Council authorized, for this next period, which will cover the country’s upcoming October elections, an increase in UNOCI’s military component of up to 850 additional personnel, as well as an increase in the civilian police component of up to a ceiling of 725 civilian police personnel, and the necessary additional civilian personnel.Yesterday, UNOCI chief Pierre Schori told reporters after briefing the Council that he had called for more than 2,000 troops to be sent to the West African nation. He said he desperately needed the reinforcements at a time when implementation of a peace agreement had stalled and to be able to prevent and deter further violence.Additionally, the Council authorized the Secretary-General to seek the agreement of the countries contributing military and civilian police personnel to the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the UNOCI, to redeploy such personnel as may be needed on a temporary basis to reinforce another of the above three missions, as appropriate, taking account of the need to ensure effective performance of the current mandates of those missions. The Council plans to review the troop level of UNOCI by 31 December 2005, including the civilian police component, in the light of the situation in Côte d’Ivoire after the forthcoming general elections and on the basis of the tasks remaining to be carried out, with a view to further reduction as appropriate.