Contract talks between Arsenal and midfielder Aaron Ramsey have reportedly met a deadlock.

Ramsey’s existing deal expires on 30 June 2019 and both parties had been hopeful of agreeing to a new deal but negotiations have stopped and, barring an unlikely resumption, Arsenal will have to sell the 27-year-old in January or risk him becoming a free agent next summer.

As things stand, the Welshman will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1 January.

Ramsey joined the Gunners in 2008 in a £4.8m move from hometown club Cardiff City.

He is Arsenal’s longest-serving player and scored the winning goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.

Ramsey was an 84th-minute substitute in the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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