Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to be the subject of a £30 million bid from Manchester City as Manuel Pellegrini turns his attention to recruiting the £90,000-a-week Gunners star after failing to negotiate a deal for England international team-mate Raheem Sterling.
The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool turned down the Citizens' second £40 million offer for their fleet-footed forward, and now they are focused on recruiting the 23-year-old with a view to strengthening the club's contingent of homegrown players at the Etihad Stadium next season.
Wilshere has already stated last week that he would not switch allegiances solely to fulfil a nationality quota and pledged his commitment once again to Arsene Wenger's side.
However, that is unlikely to deter City from proceeding with an ambitious attempt to lure Wilshere from the Emirates, just like they have with a number of other players in recent years, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna.
Arsenal supporters should not be overly concerned, though, as unlike the aforementioned stars Wilshere is a boyhood fan of the north London outfit and has represented them at every youth level since the age of nine.
Much of his early career has been plagued by injury problems, but there's no doubt that Wilshere remains one of the brightest young prospects in the country. He'll just be hoping to maintain a period of prolonged fitness to prove to Wenger that he's worthy of a place in the Gunners' starting XI.
He made a positive statement of intent by scoring two goals for England in their hard-fought 3-2 victory over Slovenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday, and will be hoping to carry that kind of form into the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Wilshere has also created a number of negative headlines during his time as a professional footballer having twice been pictured smoking during the close-season, whilst as recently as this week he was handed a £40,000 fine by the Football Association for inciting derogatory chants about local rivals Tottenham Hotspur during the Gunners' open-top bus celebrations after victory in last month’s FA Cup final.
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