Arsene Wenger faces a fight to keep one of his key stars from moving abroad this summer, as it’s thought that Juventus are plotting to make a big move for Jack Wilshere.
The Daily Express is the latest publication to have latched onto the idea that the Turin giants are poised to make a shock bid for the England international, and claim that they will consent to the sale of Arturo Vidal in order to raise the funds.
Wilshere is at present a key part of Wenger’s squad and so the Frenchman will adamantly try to prevent such a deal from taking place, though it remains to be seen how far his resolve will hold should Juve come in with an irresistible offer.
The same report states that the Serie A giants have already contacted Wilshere’s representatives to discuss the feasibility of him making a switch from the Emirates Stadium to Italy, and have formally identified him as the ideal midfield partner to Paul Pogba. Juve have yet to officially approach Arsenal, but it’s said they could do so in the coming weeks.
Whilst the futures of many Arsenal stars have been up in the air of late, Wilshere is a player that Wenger most certainly wants to keep hold of for the long-term. The 22-year-old midfielder has been considered as one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the club for some time now, and even his injury woes haven’t dampened his reputation any.
That being said question marks have been raised over whether or not he will ultimately unlock his full potential, with high-profile characters such as Paul Scholes pointing out that he hasn’t progressed too much over the past two years. On top of that the youngster was caught smoking for a second time prior to returning to pre-season training this summer; an incident Wenger will no doubt have been less than happy with.
The Express claims that Juventus could look to offer Wilshere more than the £80,000-a-week he is on at Arsenal currently in order to get a deal done. His contract isn’t up until 2017 but, with the £47million they’re chasing for Vidal’s signature, the financial aspects of the negotiations shouldn’t prove to be too much of a problem.
Essentially this means that the future of Wenger’s star man could be decided by whether or not United take advantage of Juventus' willingness to sell Vidal. Louis van Gaal has been after the Chile international for some time now, but he's thought to harbour concerns over the recurring injury to his knee.
Of course if United opt not to pay the vast sum needed to lure Vidal then Juventus won’t have enough to fund their own move for Wilshere, but is the speculation enough alone to put the fright into Wenger? Time will tell.