Manchester City are set to reignite their interest in Jack Wilshere after seeing their £40 million offer for Raheem Sterling turned down.
City are believed to be desperate to add ‘home-grown’ players to their squad this summer and Wilshere fits the bill.
The Telegraph yesterday claimed the deposed Premier League champions are ready to offer an initial £30 million for the 23-year-old midfielder, but are also considering the possibility of throwing in an out-of-favour player into the deal. Either Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic or Alvaro Negredo could be offered to the Gunners in the early stages of negotiations to try and land Wilshere, whose status at Arsenal remains in doubt.
The England international has found it difficult to feature in the Arsenal side since the emergence of Francis Coquelin into the starting XI at the start of the year, not to mention he missed the whole of December, January and March due to injury. To add to this, Arsene Wenger left him out of the starting line-up for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa last month, and is reportedly keen to add another midfielder to the squad this summer, meaning Wilshere’s challenge to get back into the side has become a lot harder.
Wilshere did, however, offer Arsenal fans hope that he will remain at the Emirates, but only if he is wanted at the club, ultimately, leaving his fate and future in Wenger’s hand.
Despite his behavioural issues off the pitch, which hasn’t helped his cause in anyway, Wilshere has become a valuable member of the squad and is adored by the Emirates faithful for his hatred towards Spurs.