Andrea Pirlo is wasting no time getting his particularly talented feet under the desk at Juventus.
The Italian legend was the somewhat surprising choice to replace Maurizio Sarri in the Turin club’s hotseat, just nine days after he had accepted the role of the club’s under-23s boss.
And one of Pirlo’s first jobs has been to evaluate the squad he has at his disposal in the wake of Juve’s disappointing Champions League last-16 exit to Lyon, which doesn’t seem as though it is good news for Aaron Ramsey.
The Welshman’s status in the Juve squad is coming under threat after an injury-hit first season at the club which he started just 11 Serie A games, with question marks now hovering over his long-term future.
As well as Ramsey, Pirlo is said to want to get rid of Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio as he seeks to stamp his authority on the squad, with midfielder Blaise Matuidi already close to joining David Beckham’s Inter Miami this summer.
It could well be that Ramsey ends up staying on at Juve, particularly given the difficulty he may have in finding a club to match his wages, but if he were to move in either a permanent deal or a loan transfer, then where could he go?
Well here are five possible destinations.
Perhaps the most obvious choice if Ramsey was going to stay in Italy, Milan are used to dealing with Juve and in chief executive Ivan Gazidis they have a man in charge that the Welshman knows well.
Having won just two Serie A titles this century, Milan are desperate to rediscover something that is at least approaching their former highs, and they could see Ramsey as a marquee addition.
Alternatively, there is the other side of Milan.
Antonio Conte has led a cashed-up Inter back into the Champions League, and his merry band of former Premier League stars will be going for Europa League glory in the next fortnight.
A move there would see Ramsey link up with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young, potentially the on-loan Victor Moses and his former Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez, although he might find himself in a familiar quandary over game-time.
We’ll be honest, the French champions have largely been included because they are one of the few clubs around who can afford Ramsey’s wages, but the prospect of a move to the French capital would surely appeal to him.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season, and in their deadly front three of Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Neymar they’ll have plenty of movement going on in front of the Welshman.
Could Ramsey follow in Gareth Bale’s footsteps and move to Madrid?
It is unlikely, but a glance around some of Europe’s top clubs isn’t really offering many obvious solutions for the Welshman, and Atletico would be an intriguing option for a loan move.
Ex-North London derby rival Kieran Trippier made the move to Diego Simeone’s side last summer, and Ramsey would no doubt enjoy the chance to play under the Argentinean.
Ah, the dream solution.
It is unlikely, but Ramsey’s return to Arsenal would surely be welcomed by the club’s fans and indeed by the player himself after his tearful departure last summer.
Any move would surely have to be on a loan deal, and would perhaps be tied into the failure to get Dani Ceballos to agree to another temporary stay at the Emirates as negotiations rumble on with Real Madrid.
Mikel Arteta knows Ramsey well though, and if Ceballos doesn’t return then Ramsey’s old No8 shirt will be free.
Could it happen?