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Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have emerged as surprise candidates to land Arsenal‘s Jack Wilshere this summer, with the England international reportedly increasingly unlikely to remain at the Emirates beyond the end of the current campaign, per John Cross for the Mirror.
Wilshere has reportedly been offered a new contract by Arsenal of £90,000 per week, which is lower than his current £110,000-per-week deal and would be heavily incentivised, using a bonus structure based on appearances and achievements.
The 26-year-old has reportedly been holding out for a better offer from the club, but Arsenal are unwilling to budge. It looks “increasingly likely” Wilshere will leave for free at the end of the 2017-18 season, per Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail.
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And Wilshere is reportedly “resigned to leaving” having told friends he doesn’t expect Arsenal to improve their offer, per David Woods for the Daily Star. His poor injury record appears to be a stumbling block between the club and the player, and Wilshere has only started 11 league games this season. Although he would prefer to stay at his hometown club, it is unknown whether Wilshere would prefer to remain in the Premier League or move abroad.
Wolves are just the latest club to be linked with Wilshere, who reportedly already has a “huge offer” from Everton, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan also keeping tabs. This would suggest Wolves are outsiders, although the club have considerable resources at their disposal.
The club’s complex relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes, which is set to come under scrutiny from the Premier League, per David Conn for the Guardian, helped Wolves to the marquee signing of Ruben Neves last summer.
Wilshere would be a major signal of intent from the Midlands club, although for now it would appear that bigger clubs, both in England and abroad, are willing to offer the England international the wages he wants.