Arsenal are ready to hand Jack Wilshere a new five-year contract worth £100,000-a-week as they attempt to ward off interest from Manchester City in the midfielder.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the 23-year-old is set to double his money at the Emirates Stadium, with a huge incentive to snub alleged advances from the Premier League rivals as Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini plots a big-money move for the England international.
The fact that Wilshere is a home-grown talent has also played a part in City's plan to steal the Gunners star, although Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling remains their first-choice option.
If they can reach agreement over a fee with the Merseyside club then it's understood that Pellegrini will drop his interest in the Arsenal man. However, the two parties remain some way off in their respective valuations of the fleet-footed forward.
Wilshere still has three years to run on his current contract in north London, but Wenger is determined not to lose the academy product - who he views as a future captain - and that's why he's happy to sign off on a long-term deal that would see the player pocket a mouth-watering £26 million between now and 2020.
Injury problems have continued to plague Wilshere's burgeoning career to date, but in last week's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia the youngster showed signs he was getting back to his best after netting two magnificent goals for the Three Lions to help secure a 3-2 victory.
He'll be hoping to carry that kind of form into pre-season and the start of 2015/16 as the Arsenal ace attempts to fulfil his obvious potential.
Arsenal fans: Do you think Jack Wilshere deserves to earn £100,000-a-week at the Emirates? Is Arsene Wenger doing the right thing by offering the midfielder a new long-term deal? Have your say in the comment box below...
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