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Walcott agent set for make-or-break talks with Arsenal

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Walcott returned from injury on Saturday (©GettyImages)
Walcott returned from injury on Saturday (©GettyImages).

Theo Walcott’s agent will meet with Arsenal officials next month in a final attempt to reach an agreement over a new contract for the 23-year-old.

Walcott is in the final year of his current deal with the Gunners and has been linked with a move away from the club he joined as a 16-year-old from Southampton in 2006.

Liverpool are reportedly interest in landing the Arsenal winger, while Juventus have also been linked with making a move for him.

However Goal.com report that Walcott’s representatives will meet with Arsenal to thrash out a new contract – although the website also claims that Arsene Wenger will have no qualms in selling him in January should an agreement not be reached.

Walcott is free to discuss a pre-contract with either Liverpool or Juventus should they make a move for him in January, and can leave the Gunners on a free transfer in the summer if his contract is not extended.

Liverpool appear to be ready to launch a bid should talks break down, with the Anfield club said to be keen on landing the talented winger.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers appears keen on landing players who can operate out wide as well as through the middle having been linked with Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Marseille’s Loic Remy.

The Anfield boss is also in the market for a striker having let Andy Carroll leave Merseyside over the summer, and will likely make securing cover in that area his priority.

Reports last week claimed Walcott could be about to leave the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal officials opened contract talks with a host of first team players but not the former Southampton man, while he has previously admitted the slow progress in agreeing a new deal has left him frustrated.

Both Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Walcott himself have expressed their desire to get a new deal sorted soon, although Walcott says his future may hinge on whether he is deployed in a more central role rather than out wide in the future.

The Mail reports that the hold up also centres around Walcott’s pay demands. The England international is said to be demanded wages of around £100,000-per-week while Arsenal do not want to go above their pay structure of £75,000.

The paper reports that Walcott could leave Arsenal as part of a squad clear out that could also see Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci leave north London.

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