Manchester City are set to launch a £30 million bid for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Mirror.
Arsene Wenger has previously stated that Arsenal are not interested in discussing any potential move for Wilshere away from the Emirates Stadium, but the British paper claim otherwise.
City are moving towards bringing in more home-grown players to their roster this summer, as they are set for a huge squad revamp before the 2015/16 season. The England international still has three years in his current contract with the Gunners, but if reports are to be believed the enormity of the Citizens’ bid could put Arsenal in a dilemma of whether or not to push through the deal.
After losing their primary transfer target Jordan Henderson - he signed an extension to his Liverpool deal - City have turned their attention to the 23-year-old Wilshere and are somewhat desperate to go through with the deal.
Capable of playing as a central midfielder, holding midfielder and an attacking winger, Wilshere has a wide array of skills at his disposal but his record with injuries in recent years has been a major roadblock for him reaching his full potential.
Arsenal are well placed to finish the season ahead of City and it's expected that the latter will resort to drastic measures to overturn a disastrous 2014/ 15 campaign. If City are able to get Wilshere on board he will join the long list of former Gunners who have moved north of London. Those names include Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and most recently Bacary Sagna.
From being title contenders to scraping through to make the final Champions League spot in fourth, City know they need to freshen up an ageing squad for the coming term. A natural playmaker, through balls, passing, dribbling, and set-pieces are Wilshere's key strengths, and so he will add depth to any club he plays for.
After featuring in only nine Premier League games this season due to sustaining an ankle injury, the Arsenal youth product might be tempted to consider making a fresh start elsewhere.
Arsenal fans, do you think that's possible? Would Wilshere ever leave you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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