Arsenal have reportedly offered midfielder Jack Wilshere with a final contract offer. The England international has been in a contract standoff with the Gunners this term, and it appears that he could leave the north Londoners on a Bosman in the summer.
According to The Mirror, the 26-year-old has been urged to take a pay-cut of £20,000 on his current £110,000-a-week wages, and this is something the midfielder does not agree upon. Meanwhile, the proposed deal is also said to include numerous incentives based on performances and appearances, which could potentially put him level with his existing package at the Emirates Stadium.
Since December, Gunner boss Arsene Wenger has regularly spoken about his intention to prolong Wilshere’s stay, but as things stand, the club’s hierarchy are reluctant to budge to the midfielder’s wage demands.
Wilshere is typically said to want the £110,000 weekly salary, he is currently on, but Gunners contract chief Huss Fahmy is adamant that the club won’t offer a single penny more than the present offer on the table.
Should things remain as it is, Wilshere is likely to face the disappointment of leaving his hometown club during the summer, and this could potentially cause a backlash among the supporters, given he is a fan favourite and regarded as a future captain for the club.
Serie A duo Juventus and AC Milan are presently among the main foreign clubs said to have expressed an interest in Wilshere’s signature, whilst he could also offered a chance to prolong his Premier League career with Everton, who have likewise made their desire known.
Apart from the trio, arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City are also monitoring the proceedings of the Stevenage-born ace, though the midfielder would want assurances of a regular spot to consider a potential switch during the summer.
Wilshere’s showing with Arsenal this season have earned him a return to the England national side, but he unfortunately won’t play any part in Friday’s international friendly against the Netherlands after sustaining an injury during a training session.