Arsenal are planning to extend Aaron Ramsey’s contract as new manager Unai Emery admits he will build his team around the midfielder.
Ramsey had been linked with away move from the Emirates Stadium this summer with both Chelsea and Liverpool emerged as potential suitors.
The Wales international’s current contract has less than 12 months remaining but is yet to agree the new deal with the club.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners are close to secure Ramsey’s signature and tie him at Emirates stadium.
However, BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein, who is reliable for his Arsenal information, has revealed that the deal is not close.
He said on Twitter on Thursday: “Reports of Arsenal bid for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele false.”
“As previously reported incoming business completed a month ago.”
“We’re open to an exceptional deal if the chance arose (admire & have links to Dembele) but never realistic.
“#AFC optimistic on Ramsey contract but not close.”
Ramsey, 27, who has been at the Gunners for a decade, is understood to be a key part of Unai Emery’s plans.
Discussing Ramsey’s future a few weeks ago, Emery said: “The contract is one thing for the club and the player.”
“Football changes every day. I think about the match today first, then training tomorrow, the match on Saturday and to continue our preparation.”
“I think Aaron is an important player for us. For me, I want him to stay with us, to work with us, to give the team the big performances with his quality.”