Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been told he will not be part of the club’s first team plans for next season, and is free to leave before the end of August.
Both the Daily Mail and the Mirror say that the England international will not be offered a new deal. The 25 year old has one year left on his contract with the Gunners and could choose to stay and see out his final year but with very few first team chances, Wilshere will likely seek opportunities elsewhere.
The two clubs most recently linked with Wilshere are Crystal Palace and Sampdoria, although the Eagles could now be out of the running for the midfielder. The Sun reported yesterday that Palace were interested in a loan deal for the England star but it was dependent on the player signing a new deal.
With that no longer a possibility, it opens the door to Serie A side Sampdoria. Sky Italia have reported that the Italian club have offered £7.5m for Wilshere. The bid will likely be rejected but with the midfielder heading into the last year of his contract, Arsenal may have to agree to a cut price deal before the end of the transfer window.