The future of Jack Wilshere has taken a new and rather surprising twist, with Turkish club Antalyaspor confirming they have opened talks with Arsenal over a move for the midfielder.
Wilshere’s future is under some scrutiny, with his contract set to expire next summer, and all talk of the club offering an extension having gone quiet.
Antalyaspor have now apparently revealed their interest, although perhaps realistically, they also downplayed their chances of landing the midfielder.
“We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere,” Antalyaspor president Ali Safak Ozturk said via ESPN.
“It will be a difficult move to pull off.”
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Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth but his campaign was injured prematurely by a fractured leg, suffered against Tottenham.
It’s difficult to know if he features in Arsene Wenger’s plans for next season, but certainly Arsenal do not lack for midfielders currently.
The club also need to trim the squad and the wage bill, and it could well be that Wilshere is a player the club is willing to sacrifice this summer.
Although the 25-year-old did manage regular football last season, until his injury, his record of no goals and two assists in 27 appearances, does not present a compelling case for Arsenal to offer him a new deal.