England international Jack Wilshere is reportedly attracting widespread interest amid his reluctance to pen a new contract with Arsenal. The 26-year-old has just a couple of weeks left on his current deal and it appears likely that he could leave the Gunners on a free transfer next month.
According to Sky Sports News, Wilshere could end his long association with the Gunners at the end of the month after failing to negotiate fresh terms with the club. Wilshere had been expecting a decent hike on his current £120,000-a-week but the Gunners urge for him to take a pay-cut has supposedly ended talks over a probable extension.
As a result, the likes of Everton, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been highlighted as some of the Premier League clubs vying for his signature whilst there is also understood to be interest from the Serie A with Juventus, AC Milan and Sampdoria monitoring his developments.
Wilshere has had genuine concerns over his fitness which has hampered his progress over the past decade. However, in the past two years, he has managed to overcome some of his issues and has averaged 30 appearances with Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively – the former on a season-long loan during the 2016/17 season.
In this regard, the midfielder would prove a valuable asset for any club in the Premier League or elsewhere but the need for gametime is something which may lure him to a club of Everton’s calibre, who can offer him regular first-team football with the prospect of winning silverware in the future.
The Merseyside outfit have put down their plans to push for European football in the coming seasons and Wilshere could prove a valuable asset in their quest, should he prefer a move north. Wilshere has spent just one-and-a-half seasons of his professional career away from the Emirates Stadium.