Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon has told Arsenal manager Unai Emery that he would not be the person to sanction the departure of midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international seemingly set to leave the Gunners for free next summer, with his contract expires at the end of this season.

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Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be the race for Ramsey, who recently turned out new contract talks.

The 27-year-old, who is now earning £110,000-a-week is believed to have asked Arsenal to improve his salary to £200,000-250,000-a-week.

But according to Sky Sports pundit, Steve McMahon believes Emery won’t be the person to accept the midfielder’s move.

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“It won’t be him who’s made that decision,” the ex-England international said. “These negotiations have been ongoing, so it would be the powers that be.”

“He’s wanting £200,000-250,000-a-week, ‘we’re not prepared to give him it’.”

“Negotiations should have taken place last season,” the pundit added. “Not wait until this season because the longer it goes, the player says ‘sorry no, I’m going to be offered another £50,000 more’ for argument’s sake.”

“If you had started negotiations with two years on his contract, you’ve got a better chance of signing the player.”

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Ramsey, who is currently the longest-serving player at the Emirates, joined the Gunners in 2008 from Cardiff City.

The Welshman has since gone on to score 59 goals in 341 appearances for the North London side in all competitions.

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