AS Roma have revealed that Jack Wilshere didn’t move to the Serie A side because he wanted to stay in England. The Arsenal midfielder joined AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal on Deadline Day (via The Evening Standard).
It must have been a roller coaster few days for Jack Wilshere as he was made available for loan by his boyhood club, courted by nearly two dozen teams, and eventually moved to AFC Bournemouth.
AS Roma were one of the teams most heavily linked with the Englishman and were even thought to have agreed personal terms with Wilshere. But the move didn’t come to pass and the Serie A side has explained why.
“Towards the end of the market we saw the chance to take an opportunity,” Roma Director General Mauro Baldissoni told radio station TeleRadioStereo. “We had identified Wilshere, who could’ve suited us, but he decided to remain in England.
“For the rest, we did what we needed to do.”
There’s clearly a hint of regret in Baldissoni’s words. However the Evening Standard reports that there was another reason which went against the deal working out.
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Arsenal were reportedly annoyed by the conduct of AS Roma during the transfer discussions over Kostas Manolas earlier in the summer. The result was that the Gunners asked for a higher loan fee from Roma for Wilshere than they wanted from AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. Eddie Howe and Bournemouth sealed the deal which will see Arsenal receive a £2 million fee and 100% of Jack Wilshere’s £90,000 weekly salary.
It was undoubtedly a surprising move but one which will hopefully work out well for all parties. However it is a bit of a shame that Wilshere’s move to Roma could not be worked out. The Serie A side seemed like the best choice for the midfielder for his year away from the Emirates but hopefully his spell on the South Coast will work out just as well.