Wilshere Future Still Up In The Air
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is wanted on a free transfer by Serie A giants Juventus.
Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and has already been linked with one Italian side in the shape of AC Milan. But reports from Italy today claim the England international’s situation at the Emirates is being monitored by Juve. He is free to speak to overseas club about a new deal.
Talks began between Arsenal and the 26-year-old earlier this year but the two sides are no nearer any agreement.
“We’re no closer to sorting anything out,” Wilshere said after impressing in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over AC Milan in a Europa League Round of 16 first leg clash on Thursday.
The midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth after missing much of the previous season through injury. But he returned to the Emirates in the summer and has slowly played his way back into the first-team reckoning. He now has 17 Premier League appearances to his name this campaign – 10 starts and seven off the bench – scoring once. He has also made a total of 12 starts and one substitute appearance – in cup competitions.
Arsenal are believed to have offered Wilshere a deal that involves a cut in pay from £110,000 a week to £90,000 a week. The balance would be made up by increased appearance payments and bonuses.
Wilshere could be one of Juve’s other targets as they look for alternatives to Emre Can from Liverpool. The Germany international is believed to be top of their wish-list for the summer but Can has put all talk of a move on hold as he prepares to wait until the end of the campaign before making a decision on his future.
The 24-year-old has been told by Juventus that they have other irons in the fire with regards to a summer signing. One of those appears to be Wilshere.
Another Serie A side, Sampdoria, put in a bid for Wilshere last summer. However, the bid – for a little more than £6million – was rejected by the Gunners. West Ham United are also interested.