Chelsea may bid for Theo Walcott in the summer transfer window if the Arsenal man’s contract situation is not resolved by then.
Walcott will have one year left on his current deal at the end of the campaign and it’s still unclear whether he has been offered a new deal.
There has been mixed messages from both Walcott and Arsene Wenger with the winger claiming talks have yet to take place and wouldn’t until the end of the season (via ITV), whilst the Arsenal boss is said to have told beIN sports, via ESPN, last week, that negotiations have already begun…
Whatever the situation, the club may now have to contend with the added interest of their London rivals – with Chelsea reigniting the same interest they showed three years ago when Walcott had a similar contract impasse, according to the Times.
The Blues see Walcott as an ideal addition to their squad in quality but also to solve their pressing need for more homegrown players to satisfy Premier League rules, claims the report…
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Currently they have just three first-team home grown stars in John Terry, Gary Cahill and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas, with the rest coming from youth team players who hardly feature.
Yet despite this, the Times say Arsenal remain Walcott’s first choice and he would prefer to sign a new deal but will look elsewhere if his situation is unresolved by the start of next season.
But perhaps most intriguingly, the Times claim Walcott isn’t looking for a wage increase on the £100,000 per week they claim he earns.
As with every transfer story, it needs to be established just where the story has been sourced from and for what reason it has been leaked.
If Walcott doesn’t want a wage increase, you have to question just why negotiations have been so difficult between the two parties.
It’s quite clear that Walcott needs Arsenal more than the other way around considering the club’s current strength in depth in it’s forward line and wings through the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck…
If the going rate for Walcott is £100k per week – and considering what he can actually offer the side – is there not a player available who could provide the same if not a better service than the England international?