Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to be offered a new contract this summer, as reports suggest that we are aiming to keep Manchester City away from our academy graduate, according to the Mirror.
As their pursuit of Raheem Sterling stagnates, the report claims Man City are keen on Wilshere – with the Citizens looking to strengthen their homegrown options.
However, despite having three years left on his current deal, the Mirror suggests that we’re set to extend Wilshere’s contract by five years and double his wages to £100,000 per week.
There are a couple of clear facts to consider when considering the validity of this story, and the basis is that Wilshere and the club have both suggested that a move is off the cards.
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“I’d want to be wanted by a club; I want to be wanted by Arsenal,” Wilshere said earlier on this month (via BBC Sport).
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“I’ve grown up at Arsenal. As long as Arsenal want me, I’m happy,”
Secondly, doubling his wages to £100,000 per week is incorrect considering that when Wilshere signed his latest deal in 2012, reports suggested that he penned an £85,000 per week contract (via Goal).
The constant rumours surrounding Wilshere clearly seem like a ploy to fill the inches of a newspaper, given that neither the club nor the player involved has hinted at a move.
And note to Manchester City: telling the world that you’re after English players purely on the basis of their nationality and your legal needs rather than their ability will not make them hasten to join you.