Manchester City are considering a serious bid to sign Arsenal star Jack Wilshere this summer, reports The Sunday Times.
The England international has been linked with a move to the Etihad in the recent past, but this is the first time a serious newspaper has reported it.
Etihad officials are seriously concerned with the lack of homegrown stars in the current squad. They have just six stars meeting homegrown criteria in the current squad and, of those six, two could be set to depart in the summer.
Premier League rules restrict each squad to a maximum of 17 foreign players. That meant Manuel Pellegrini had to register just 23 players at the start of the season, leaving them two shorter than their title rivals.
They are planning on moves for some of the best homegrown players in England this summer and Wilshere is believed to be high on the list. It would be a surprise move.
Wilshere, 23, has had a frustrating season at Arsenal, again struggling with a serious ankle injury. He would be a significant risk for City as Arsene Wenger is likely to demand huge money to release him.
The Arsenal youth product is still considered one of England's best young stars and is a cornerstone to Wenger's British core of players. However, the emergence of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and the possible arrival of another midfielder in the summer has left his future role in the squad in significant doubt.
A huge bid from Manchester City could convince Arsenal to sell, allowing Wilshere to follow a path trodden by Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Koko Toure, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor.
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