Aaron Ramsey is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season and widespread reports claim the Gunners have now informed their star man he won’t be getting a new deal.
With the Welshman set to be available on a free transfer in the summer, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all keeping close tabs on the playmaker.
But according to the Daily Star, Chelsea are having second thoughts over pursuing him.
Maurizio Sarri has been impressed with the improved form of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in recent weeks and another midfield addiction may now not be needed.
Barkley has three goals in his last three games that has seen him back among Gareth Southgate’s England plans, while Loftus-Cheek has four goals in his last three appearances, including a hat-trick in the Europa League.
With Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, loan signing Mateo Kovacic and Danny Drinkwater battling for a spot in the starting XI, Sarri could turn his attention away from Ramsey to improve other areas.
News of Chelsea pulling out of the race for Ramsey will be well received by Liverpool and United.
Jose Mourinho remains keen to splash the cash in January with the Red Devils reportedly set to hand him a £100m warchest.
The Portuguese has made no secret of his frustration at a lack of goals in his side this term and the potential arrival of Ramsey, who has a goal and three assists in 12 appearances for Arsenal this season, would provide healthy competition to his star-studded XI.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will also be monitoring Ramsey’s situation in the coming months as he continues to build a side capable of challenging for European and domestic titles.
Klopp recruited a host of midfield talent in the summer but former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon believes Ramsey would be a better option than some of the player already at his disposal.
“It all depends who’s starting,” McMahon said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“They have been switching it around between Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita so either of those.
“Fabinho is not the right person for me, I think he’s like-for-like with Henderson.
“There’s something to be said that Ramsey is better than Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri knew when he went to Liverpool that he would be a squad player.
“I think Ramsey would fight for his place.
“It wouldn’t be a chance, and I would be interested in Ramsey.”
Klopp will get the chance to see Ramsey in action on Saturday when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates.